Title: Shadow Of Sunrise: Selected Stories Of Japan...
Publication Date: 1966
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
Tokyo. 1966. Kodansha. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Contains Stories by Kenzaburo Oe, Haruo Umezaki, Tamiki Hara, Fumiko Hayashi & Masuji Ibuse. 187 pages. hardcover. Jacket design & woodcut illustrations by M.Kuwata. keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia Anthology. inventory # 6388. FROM THE PUBLISHER - From the expanding ambition of Imperial Japan at war, from the shrinking fires of Japan’s armies in retreat, and from the still, cold cinders of war’s end conic these revelations of the darks within men’s souls, and the flames of purpose after disaster. The enchantment of a summer countryside, children’s cries of delight, and the great figure of the captured Negro airman form and dissolve before the sharp edge of war cleaving its way into the life of a remote mountain hamlet. (‘The Catch - Kenzaburo Oe’). In the confusion of the eve of defeat, a young officer is transferred to the sweating dugouts in the southernmost outpost of the Japanese home islands to await the imminent invasion and his own death. (‘Sakurajinia - Haruo Umezaki’). A man wanders, seeing, unseeing among the doomed voices of atomic holocaust. (‘Summer Flower - Tamiki Hara’). In the flimsy structures built over the bleached stones of war’s aftermath, a young mother uses her husband’s empty hone box as the repository of her nighttime income. (‘Bones - Fumiko Hayashi’). The war ended long ago, but, alas, the poor lieutenant sometimes embarrasses his fellow villagers. ‘Take cover! We are in contact with the enemy!’ he cries, jumping into the village ditch. (‘The Far-Worshiping Commander - Masuji Ibuse’). The authors of these stories are five leading figures of modern Japanese literature who lived through the agony and fever of war in Japan. The stories share a humanity, a concern with ordinary people, a concern with people who are within and part of a landscape of turbulence; they arc stories at once universal and deeply, intrinsically Japanese. These stories were selected by Shoichi Saeki, one of Japan’s foremost literary critics. Mr. Saeki’s short critical introduction offers direct insight into the stories, the people who wrote them, and the world of modern Japanese literature. Bookseller Inventory # 6388
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