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Contemporary Japanese Literature

Contemporary Japanese Literature

An Anthology of Fiction, Film, and Other Writing Since 1945
Edited by Howard Hibbett
ISBN:
9780887274367
$34.99
Description

Lovers of Japanese and Asian literature, rejoice! This superb survey of one of the most active and interesting literary scenes of the twentieth century is back in print. Contemporary Japanese Literature brings together works in translation from nearly two dozen major postwar Japanese writers—including Mishima, Tanizaki, Abe, Kawabata, and Kanai—in a literary gathering that is unmatched in its breadth. The stories, poetry, a play—even scripts from film directors Kurosawa and Ozu—cut through genre and issue to capture the feel of post-1945 Japanese culture: a bold, unsettling modernism thrust upon a traditional society. Editor Howard Hibbett, professor emeritus of Japanese literature at Harvard University, contributes a preface and short biographical study of each writer. Authoritative and rich in provocative reading, Contemporary Japanese Literature is a guidebook for everyone interested in the impact of literature on our world.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2009
Trim Size: 
6 x 9.25
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
496pp
Table of Contents

Contemporary Japanese Literature

Preface

xv

Introduction

xix

Editor's Note

xxiii

Furui Yoshikichi

Wedlock

3

Kono Taeko

Bone Meat

41

Abe Kobo

Friends

53

Yasuoka Shotaro

Prized Possessions

110

Kojima Nobuo

The American School

119

Kuroasawa Akira

Ikiru

145

Ozu Yasujiro

Tokyo Story

189

Takeda Taijun

To Build a Bridge

238

Kurahashi Yumiko

To Die at the Estuary

247

Mishima Yukio

The Boy Who Wrote Poetry

282

Kawabata Yasunari

Seven Very Short Stories

292

Kaneko Mitsuharu

Three Poems

318

Sekine Hiroshi

Three Poems

335

Tamura Ryuichi

Two Poems

335

Yoshioka Minoru

Four Poems

338

Kanai Mieko

Poem

342

Abe Akira

Peaches

344

Tanizaki Junichiro

The Bridge of Dreams

354

Nagai Tatsuo

Brief Encounter

389

Yoshiyuki Junnosuke

In Akiko's Room

400

Oe Kenzaburo

Aghwee the Sky Monster

412

Nosaka Akiyuki

American Hijiki

435

Reviews

A solid, sensitive and top-quality gathering . . . A treat for readers curious to discover the best in the flourishing Japanese literary scene.

— Publishers Weekly

The book is vital to those studying world literature in the  period 1945-1975, and for that purpose, it is rightly untouched and open for further analysis and reflection.

— Fay Beauchamp, Professor of English and Humanities Coordinator at Community College of Philidelphia, Education About Asia