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Title: Dark Room
Publisher: Kodansha America
Publication Date: 1975
Book Condition: Good
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The story of a man who was safe - or so he thought. A man to be envied: the comfortable income, above all, the women ... until things began to disturb the carefully arranged pattern of his life, and he found himself caught in a tightening noose of sexual and emotional involvement....About the Author:
Junnosuke Yoshiyuki was born in Okayama City in 1924. Drafted in 1943, he was sent home after three days with bronchial asthma. Two years later he entered Tokyo University, majoring in English literature, and in 1949 he published his first novel, Bara Hambainin. Another novel, Genshoku no Machi, was nominated for the Akutagawa Prize in 1952. In the same year, he was hospitalized with pulmonary tuberculosis, and two years later his left lung was removed. Among other novels published between 1954 and 1967 were Shu-u (Akutagawa Prize) and Hoshi to Tsuki wa Ten no Ana (Grand Prix, Minister of Education Awards). The Dark Room (Anshitsu), his first novel to be translated into English, appeared in 1970 and received the prestigious Tanizaki Prize. An earlier translation he made of four stories from Henry Miller's Nights of Love and Laughter was recently complemented by his Japanese version of Miller's Insomnia or The Devil at Large.
The translator, John Bester, is one of the foremost translators of Japanese fiction. In 1990 he received the first Noma Translation Award for his English version of a short-story collection by Yukio Mishima entitled Acts of Worship.
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