The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories

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This collection of short stories, including many new translations, spans the whole of Japan's modern era from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Beginning with the first writings to assimilate and rework Western literary traditions, and coming right up to the younger generation dealing with the pitfalls and paradoxes of modern life, this anthology offers a stimulating survey of the development of the Japanese short story. Various indigenous traditions, in addition to those drawn from the West, recur throughout the stories: stories of the self, of the Water Trade (Tokyo's nightlife of geishas and prostitutes), of social comment, love and obsession, legends and fairytales. This collection includes the work of two Nobel prize-winners: Kawabata and Oe, the talented women writers Hirabayashi, Euchi, Okamoto, and Hayashi, together with the acclaimed Tanizaki, Mishima, and Murakami. The introduction by Theodore Goossen gives insight into these exotic and enigmatic, sometimes disturbing stories, derived from the lyrical roots of Japanese literature with its distinctive stress on atmosphere and beauty.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 483 pages
  • 124.46 x 195.58 x 81.28mm | 2,426.71g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Japanese
  • 0192833049
  • 9780192833044

About Theodore Goossen

About the Editor: Theodore Goossen is Professor of Japanese at York University, Ontario. A talented translator, he is well-acquainted with the contemporary Japanese literary scene, and editor of Descant, a Japanese literary journal.show more

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