Title: Child Of Fortune
Publication Date: 1983
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
Tokyo. 1983. Kodansha. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Japanese by Geraldine Harcourt Tokyo. 161 pages. hardcover. Jacket photo: Pack ice, by Tsuneo Nakamura. 0870115324. keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia. inventory # 7052. FROM THE PUBLISHER - By conventional Japanese standards, Koko Mizuno is an abysmal failure as woman, wife, and mother - and she couldn’t care less. She has succeeded in remaining true to herself in a stubborn struggle against powerful conformist pressures. Yet her resistance is largely passive. Self-absorbed, indecisive, she makes her own uncharted way through life, letting her husband, lovers, even her only daughter, gradually slip away. Signs that she is pregnant after a casual affair rouse her to make decisions. Then a deeply ironic turn of events thrusts her into the cold light of a reluctant self-knowledge. Through layer upon layer of dreams, memories, defenses, and delusions, she emerges finally to take a conscious step toward the independence she cannot yet define, certain only that she herself has changed. In CHILD OF FORTUNE, Yuko Tsushima has brought to life a woman whose psychological complexity reflects the meeting of Japanese fiction and women’s changing consciousness. The depths of inner conflict are illuminated here by radiant imagery, wry humor, and a sharp clarity of vision. While drawing on the ‘I-novel’ tradition that has dominated modem Japanese literature, the author integrates the autobiographical elements into a fully realized fictional work of penetrating social insight. The novel received the 1978 Women’s Literature Prize, one of many awards that have spotlighted Yuko Tsushima as a writer of exceptional gifts. Bookseller Inventory # 7052
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