Absorbing fiction from Outsiders in a land that does not absorb foreigners easily.
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The Broken Bridge showcases the literary work of 36 non-Japanese writers, expatriates in Japan who provide 36 windows looking in on the country, revealing a Japan as seen through the eyes of writers who love and live, but who will never completely belong, in Japan. Gaijin (foreigners) to the Japanese, destined always to be outsiders to a certain extent, they all find their own balance between individual identity and conforming to Japanese society. The writers represent a variety of eras (from the occupation on through to the '90s) and they deal with love, dignity, adultery, desecration, and despair in stories that are alternately full of humor and humiliation, happiness and pain. An English teacher in Frank Tuohy's "The Broken Bridge" seeks the author of a troubled essay and discovers, after a series of cultural "mistakes," that the student has killed himself. Drawn with fascination to Miss Yukiya's body and Miss Hama's mind, Morgan Gibson's protagonist in "Is There a God in Your Heart?" looks up for the Big Dipper and falls into a ditch. While the literary styles are diverse, the quality never wavers as these writers explore their adopted country, their inner demons, and their love-hate relationships with Japan.About the Author:
Donald Richie has been writing about Japan for over 50 years from his base in Tokyo and is the author of over 40 books and hundreds of essays and reviews. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.
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Book Description Diane Pub Co, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0756776848
Book Description Diane Pub Co, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 359 pages. 9.00x6.25x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0756776848
Book Description Diane Pub Co, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110756776848
Book Description Diane Pub Co, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0756776848