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The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto

The Cape and Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto

ISBN:
9781933330433
$14.95
Description

In gritty language and stark detail, Nakagami depicts the burakumin, an outcaste class. "The Cape" is a breakthrough novella about a burakumin community and their struggles with complicated family histories, troubled memories, violence, suicide, and rape. Here is a Japan virtually unknown in the West, but all too familiar. This volume also includes "House on Fire" and "Red Hair."

Specs

Publisher: 
Stone Bridge Press
Publication Date: 
2010
Trim Size: 
5.4 x 7.5"
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
186pp
Reviews

Zimmerman's confident translation...is an excellent point of entry into two of the main lines along which Nakagami's writing would evolve: the family saga of Akiyuki and stories saturated with sexual obsession.In this strikingly designed paperback, Stone Bridge Press has allowed Zimmerman to back her translations with a preface, an eloquent afterword and a short biographical sketch. There is as well a helpful genealogical chart, an eloquent visualization of this rare author's circuitry of family romance as family despair.

— The New York Times

Nakagami's is a stark yet sensual world peopled by picked-up lovers, hotheads with knives, dismembered families, neighborhood prostitutes, and dirty men who dig ditches. He belies the elegant, composed image of Japan with pictures of marginal lives constantly interrupted, often with violence and usually for the worse.

— Ted Conover, author of Rolling Nowhere, Coyotes, and Whiteout