Senji Kuroi Life in the Cul-De-Sac

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Life in the Cul-De-Sac

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One of the most important Japanese novels of the last two decades, winner of the Tanizaki Prize

Meet the households Kiuchi, Takigawa, Yasunaga, and Oda.... In this gently twisted domestic fable, award-winning novelist Senji Kuroi explores modern Japan through the lives of four families who live on a typical street in suburban Tokyo. Beset by visions, uncomfortable marriages, and strange rumblings of the past and future, these "traditional" Japanese families find the world both magical and perplexing. Are things falling apart or coming together? Is any of this real? Originally serialized as twelve interleaved stories, Life in the Cul-De-Sac is an intriguing and entertaining novel from a gifted writer and observer.

Senji Kuroi is one of postwar Japan's most important novelists. Philip Gabriel translated Haruki Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun.

From the Translator's Afterword:

"Taken together, Kuroi's twelve stories of these four families highlight two main issues of concern not just in Japan but in all industrialized countries-the loss of community and the changing roles of women. . . . Instead of the vaunted Japanese 'group ethic,' Life in the Cul-de-Sac depicts a society of disconnected individuals, of monads cut off from meaningful relationships within their family and with those around them. For most of these characters knowledge of their neighbors comes in whispered speculation and in furtive glimpses through the curtains, while within the home husband and wife, parents and children, talk at cross-purposes. This is a new kind of Japanese 'floating world.'. . ."

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Stone Bridge Press is a leading English-language publisher of Japanese literature in translation. Our ROCK SPRING COLLECTION OF JAPANESE LITERATURE features absorbing and important translations of classical and contemporary Japanese fiction and poetry. We believe that literature is a window into culture and society, and an expression of what is most peculiarly, and universally, human.

About the Author:

Senji Kuroi is one of postwar Japan's most important contemporary novelists. After graduating from Tokyo University in 1955 with a degree in economics, he worked in the automotive industry for 15 years, while successfully pursuing his literary career. A fulltime writer since 1970, Kuroi is the winner of Japan's prestigious Tanizaki and Yomiuri Literary Prizes.

Philip Gabriel translated Haruki Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun and Sputnik Sweetheart. His work also appears frequently in The New Yorker. He is a professor of modern Japanese literature at the University of Arizona. His translation of Life in the Cul-de-Sac was recently awarded Columbia University's 2001 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize.

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