Title: Season Of Violence
Publication Date: 1966
Edition: 1st Edition.
Tokyo. 1966. Rutland. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Translated from the Japanese by John G. Mills, Toshie Takahama & Ken Tremayne. 153 pages. hardcover. Jacket design by K. Tremayne. keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia. inventory # 4840. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Tremayne. Keywords: Literature Translated Japan Asia. Violent, sensual, and seemingly un-Japanese, the stories in SEASON OF VIOLENCE nevertheless depict Japanese teenagers of the present in compulsive but often unconscious revolt against the moral codes of ‘old Japan.’ Yet these stories tell of youth who offer no real, modern morality to replace the old—only the anti-morality of indiscriminate sex, brutality, and living for today’s pleasures and sensations, These are stories of teenagers who came to be known as Taiyozoku—the Sun Tribe. It was particularly the bestselling story of Tatsuya, the college boxer who sold his girl friend to his brother, which profoundly shocked older Japanese, However, Tatsuya and his cohorts and their women quickly became idols to thousands of impressionable teenagers, especially after two Sun Tribe stories gained greater audience through sensational motion pictures. ‘Season of Violence’ (Taiyo no Kisetsu) won for its young author, Shintaro Ishihara, Japan’s coveted Akutagawa Prize. Thus, ‘Season of Violence’ is a good deal more than fast-moving, forcefully written fiction; it is vital social commentary on contemporary Japan which gives unexpected dimension to the traditional cardboard image of the Japanese student as somber, diligent, and obedient. The other two stories that make up this trilogy of youthful excess, ‘Punishment Room’ and ‘The Yacht and the Boy’, also develop themes of revolt and violence, the former story being one of pointless brutality, the latter a poignant account of lonely fulfillment and tragedy. Ishihara’s stories of Japanese who were born in the ashes of war and defeat and raised in the fast-moving world of the postwar boom are stark accounts of a period when the values of the past have been discarded for misguided materialism and pleasure-seeking. SHINTARO ISHIHARA won the coveted Akutagawa Prize for Literature (named for the author of Rashomon) for Taiyo no Kisetsu shortly after his graduation from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Since then, the young author (born in 1932) has made a name for himself not only in Japan’s literary world, but also in films, television, and in the theater, where he has directed many productions. The stature Mr. Ishihara gained from the authorship of Taiyo no Kisetsu and the resultant films has made him a spokesman for the postwar generation. His social commentary often appears in the Japanese press. Mr. Ishihara resides in the seaside community of Zushi (near the scene of two of the stories in this book) when he is not involved in his various enterprises in Tokyo. He is a director of the newly opened Nissei Theater and has achieved a reputation as a sailor, having participated in several recent international yachting competitions. The Translators: John G. Mills is a native of Bath, England, and a graduate of The Queen’s College, Oxford with advanced degrees in French, German, and Education. Mr. Mills has been affiliated with the British Diplomatic Service, having served in Japan and elsewhere throughout Asia, At present he is Education Officer at the British Embassy, New Delhi. TOSHIE TAKAHAMA was born in Tokyo and is a graduate of Tsuda College of the same city. Mrs. Takahama was employed for many years at the Japan Broad- casting Corporation (NHK) as a newswriter in the Foreign News Section. She is presently on the staff of the Tokyo office of the Asia Foundation, KEN TREMAYNE is from Glendale, California, and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Tokyo School of the Japanese Language. Mr. Tremayne resides in Hayama, Japan, and is employed by the Tuttle Company office in Tokyo. . Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 4840
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