Embracing Family

Embracing Family

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Set during the U.S. Occupation following World War II, Embracing Family is a novel of conflict--between Western and Eastern traditions, between a husband and wife, between ideals and reality. At the opening of the book, Miwa Shunsuke and his wife are trapped in a strained marriage, subtly attacking one another in a manner similar to that of the characters in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? When his wife has an affair with an American GI, Miwa is forced to come to terms with the disintegration of their relationship and the fact that his attempts to repair it only exacerbate the situation. An award-winning novel, critics have read this book as a metaphor of postwar Japanese society, in which the traditional moral and philosophical basis of Japanese culture is neglected in favor of Western conventions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 161 pages
  • 179 x 236 x 19mm | 372g
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 1564784053
  • 9781564784056
  • 2,393,069

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a brilliant examination of complexity ' -Charlie Dickinson, Hackwriters
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About Nobuo Kojima

Nobuo Kojima is the author of more than thirty volumes of fiction, essays, and criticism. He has been awarded the Akutagawa Prize, the Tanizaki Junichiro Literary Prize, and the Minister of Education Prize. In addition to his own writing, he has translated the works of William Saroyan and J. D. Salinger, among others, into his native Japanese. Embracing Family is his first book translated into English. YUKIKO TANAKA is a professional writer and translator. She has published "This Kind of Woman: Ten Stories by Japanese Woman Writers, 1960-1976" (1982), "Live and To Write: Selections by Japanese Woman Writers, 1913-1938" (1987) and "Unmapped Territories: New Women's Fiction from Japan" (1991).
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67 ratings
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2 28% (19)
1 7% (5)
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