Title: Lieutenant Lookeast & Other Stories
Publisher: Secker & Warburg
Publication Date: 1971
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.
London. 1971. Secker & Warburg. 1st British Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Japanese by John Bester. hardcover. 0436217767. keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia. inventory # 4810. FROM THE PUBLISHER - The ten stories in this volume cover a wide range of moods and subjects, from cattle breeding to tomb robbery, from satire to fable. The title story tells of a local eccentric, a demented martinet who returns from the war with symptoms of brain damage. Is it shell shock, the villagers wonder, or - a more exciting possibility - congenital syphilis? The truth which emerges is more squalid, yet curiously moving. This bathetic figure, a scruffy clown, becomes a symbol for the higher lunacy of war. ‘Pilgrim’s Inn’ is a sharply etched vignette of society’s callousness towards the individual, while ‘Old Ushitora’, a story about the delicate sensibility of the son of a stud-farmer, is bucolic comedy with a cutting edge. Through concentration on the patterns of Japanese rural existence, Ibuse probes into human reaction and motives - and regards his discoveries with a wry astonishment. His style is elusive, dry, and ironic, but the apparent diffidence of his narrative technique is deceptive. The observation is acute and the approach oblique, but the voice that emerges is among the most powerful in contemporary literature. This volume confirms that Ibuse, virtually unknown in the West until the publication of his masterpiece BLACK RAIN, is a major artist of international stature. Bookseller Inventory # 4810
Language Notes: Text: English, Japanese (translation)
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