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
Synopsis: This translation of Yuko Tsushima presents to the Western reader a wasteland, but also the transformation of it into art.
About the Author: Yuko Tsushima built her reputation as a major writer through her short fiction. She published her first story in 1969 while still in college, and twelve collections have appeared in Japan to date. Her first collection to be translated into English was The Shooting Gallery, which came out in 1988. In addition, she has published eight novels, including Child of Fortune (awarded the Women's Literature Prize) and Woman Running in the Mountains.
Yuko Tsushima was born in 1947, and lives in Tokyo with her daughter. Her father was the celebrated novelist Osamu Dazai.
The Translator: Geraldine Harcourt, born in New Zealand in 1952, is one of the foremost translators of modern Japanese fiction. Her translations include Michiko Yamamoto's Betty-san; Shizuko Go's Requiem; Yuko Tsushima's The Shooting Gallery and Woman Running in the Mountains; and Chinatsu Nakayama's Behind the Waterfall. She was awarded the Wheatland Translation Prize in 1990.
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