Stock Image

Panic’ and ‘The Runaway’

Kaiko, Takeshi

Published by University Of Tokyo Press, 1977
ISBN 10: 0860081966 / ISBN 13: 9780860081968
Used / hardcover / Quantity Available: 1
From zenosbooks (San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
Price: US$ 51.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

30 Day Returns Policy

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details


Title: Panic’ and ‘The Runaway’

Publisher: University Of Tokyo Press

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

Description:

Tokyo. 1977. University Of Tokyo Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Japanese by Charles Dunn. 122 pages. hardcover. 0860081966. keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia. inventory # 4942. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Available for the first time in English translation are two best-selling stories by Takeshi Kaiko, a popular contemporary Japanese writer. The stories presented here deal with a theme often found in Kaiko’s work - the plight of the individual struggling against the overwhelming pressures of the system. ‘Panic,’ written in 1957, relates the story of Shunsuke, a hardworking young bureaucrat, as he tries to steer his own course through a corrupt world of officialdom. An employee of the forestry department of a local government, Shunsuke predicts a plague of rats and submits a detailed report outlining countermeasures against the pending disaster. First the report is snubbed; then, when the plague becomes reality and the town begins to panic, Shunsuke’s superiors react in stereotypically bungling bureaucratic fashion. ‘The Runaway,’ published two years after ‘Panic,’ is set in Ch’in China in the third century B.C., a brief peaceful period following unification of the country under the first emperor. The narrator, a Chinese peasant, is abruptly wrenched from his quiet life, one of hundreds of thousands of men conscripted into a ruthless corvée system to build the Great Wall in an effort to keep out the barbaric Central Asian Hsiung-nu from the newly established empire. The historic events of the time are visible only in dim outline, as they affect the life of the narrator. Both ‘Panic,’ revealing modern man in his everyday situation, and ‘The Runaway,’ a historical novel of sustained imagination, are thoroughly good stories. Perhaps, with the departure of some of the more aesthetic and psychological writers from the scene, Kaiko may be heralding a new style in Japanese literature. These translations of two of his representative works will bring Kaiko much-deserved recognition as a lively describer of human existence against a realistic background and a writer of universal appeal. Takeshi Kaiko, born in Osaka in 1 930, is one of Japan’s outstanding short story and essay writers. Charles Dunn is professor of Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. Bookseller Inventory # 4942

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • Check
  • MasterCard
  • PayPal
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: zenosbooks
Address: San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: March 24, 1997
Bookseller Rating: 3-star rating

Terms of Sale:

All books subject to prior sale. Payment via ABE or via PAYPAL or check in U.S. dollars. We generally ship priority mail (1st class) for orders within the USA and charge $6.00 for the first book, $3.00 for each additional book. If you would like your book(s) shipped via Media Rate you must indicate that to us. International orders are shipped U.S. Postal Service Global Priority unless otherwise instructed. All international shipping at cost. Books are returnable for any reason within 10 days of ...

[More Information]

Shipping Terms:

Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.


Store Description: Zenobooks.com is a secondhand and out-of-print Internet bookstore. While our stock is general, we specialize in Literature, Mysteries, Latin American Literature, African-American interest, and Translated Literature...Zeno's Web Page - www.zenosbooks.com