Lake of Heaven

Lake of Heaven : An Original Translation of the Japanese Novel by Ishimure Michiko

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Lake of Heaven is a tale of the people, culture, and environment of a Japanese mountain village that is sunk to build a dam. As Gary Snyder comments, the story becomes a parable for the larger world, "in which all of our old cultures and all of our old villages are becoming buried, sunken, and lost under the rising waters of the dams of industrialization and globalization."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 158 x 232 x 30mm | 698.53g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739124625
  • 9780739124628

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A remarkable text of mythopoetic quality-with a noh flavor-that presents much of the ancient lore of Japan and the lore of the spirit world-and is in a way a kind of myth-drama, not a novel. -- Gary Snyder Ishimure's storytelling is spellbinding...A profoundly mythic story offering 'the real meaning of existence' to a broken world, this novel unfolds as a contemporary masterwork. Highly recommended. CHOICE, May 2009 With the advent of these translations of Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow andshow more

About Michiko Ishimure

Bruce Allen is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, School of Medicine, Juntendo University, more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Translator's Introduction Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1. Birds Leaving Chapter 4 2. Oki No Miya Chapter 5 3. Moonshadow Bridge Chapter 6 4. Water Mirror Chapter 7 5. Secret Song Chapter 8 6. Delicate Flowersshow more

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