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The Shōwa Anthology
Modern Japanese Short Stories
by Van C. Gessel, Tomone Matsumoto, Kojima Nobuo, Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Shōno Junzō, Shimao Toshio, Yumiko Kurahashi, Yasushi Inoue, Minakami Tsutomu, Yasunari Kawabata, Abe Akira, Shibaki Yoshiko, Masuji Ibuse, Ōbe Minako, Taeko Kōno, Mieko Kanai, Kaikō Takeshi, Tsushima Yūko, Nakagami Kenji, Motojirō Kajii, Hori Tatsuo, Osamu Dazai, Ishikawa Jun, Kōbō Abe, Shōtarō Yasuoka, Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburō Ōe
- Publisher: Kōdansha International
- Format: paperback, 442 pages
- Release date: May 1, 1993
- Language: english
- ISBN: 9784770017086 (4770017081)
- Author: Van C. Gessel, Tomone Matsumoto, Kojima Nobuo, Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Shōno Junzō, Shimao Toshio, Yumiko Kurahashi, Yasushi Inoue, Minakami Tsutomu, Yasunari Kawabata, Abe Akira, Shibaki Yoshiko, Masuji Ibuse, Ōbe Minako, Taeko Kōno, Mieko Kanai, Kaikō Takeshi, Tsushima Yūko, Nakagami Kenji, Motojirō Kajii, Hori Tatsuo, Osamu Dazai, Ishikawa Jun, Kōbō Abe, Shōtarō Yasuoka, Yukio Mishima, Kenzaburō Ōe
- Genres: japan, fiction, literature
About The Book
The Showa Anthology is the first comprehensive collection of Japanese short stories to appear in English translation in over eight years. These twenty-five stories, most of them newly translated, were composed during the six decades of the Showa period (from 1926 to 1989) by some of the finest Japanese writers of this century. The variety and scope of these works attest both to the tenacity of Japanese literary tradition and to the ability of the Japanese writer to absorb and adapt contemporary literary techniques. Most of all, they are vivid artistic responses to what may well be the most turbulent, challenging era in modern Japanese history.
The anthology includes stories by authors whose reputations are already well established in the West — Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari, Endo Shusaku, Oe Kenzaburo, Dazai Osamu, Inoue Yasushi, and Abe Kobo. In addition, many authors considered of the first rank in Japan are represented, often for the first time in English — Kajii Motojiro, Shono Junzo, Ishikawa Jun, and Shimao Toshio. Six stories by women writers provide a sampling of fiction by a group of authors who have become a major creative force in postwar literature.
These authors, much like the classical Japanese painter, are seldom at home producing vast, panoramic landscapes of life; rather they are masters at creating rich genre-style vignettes and brief flashes of inspiration. When these small, reverberating scenes are placed one beside another, the scroll that unfolds before the reader’s eyes is a subtle and complex portrait of human experience.
In formal literary terms, the works range from the discursive autobiographical sketch to imaginative surrealism; from the gentle lyrical mode to the ultramodern intellectual discourse; from pastoral wistfulness to studies of war and its destructive force. Rendered into English by the leading translators and scholars from the younger generation of Japanologists, these stories will appeal to every literary taste. They clearly demonstrate that literature in Japan over the past half century has been a living, changing entity, responding to and commenting upon the vicissitudes of the society. The Japanese short story, as The Showa Anthology demonstrates, has survived wars and defeats and the advent of high-technology in the present age to evolve into a durable and universal form of literary expression.
Introduction by Van C. Gessel
Kuchisuke’s Valley by Ibuse Masuji
Mating by Kajii Motojirō
Les joues en feu by Hori Tatsuo
Magic Lantern by Dazai Osamu
Moon jems by Ishikawa Jun
The magic chalk by Abe Kōbō
Bad Company by Yasuoka Shōtarō
Eggs by Mishima Yukio
Stars by Kojima Nobuo
Are the trees green? by Yoshiyuki Junnosuke
Still life by Shōno Junzō
With maya by Shimao Toshio
The monastery by Kurahashi Yumiko
Under the shadow of Mt. Bandai by Inoue Yasushi
Mulberry child by Minakami Tsutomu
One arm by Kawabata Yasunari
The day before by Endō ShūsakuFriends by Abe Akira
Ripples by Shibaki Yoshiko
The pale fox by Ōbe Minako
Iron fish by Kōno Taeko
Platonic Love by Kanai Mieko
The crushed pellet by Kaikō Takeshi
The clever rain tree by Ōe Kenzaburō
The silent traders by Tsushima Yūko
The immortal by Nakagami Kenji
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