The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories, Paperback

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories Paperback

Edited by Theodore W. Goossen

Part of the Oxford Books of Prose & Verse series

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This collection of short stories, including many new translations, is the first to span the whole of Japan's modern era from the end of the nineteenth century to the present day.

Beginning with the first writings to assimilate and rework Western literary traditions, through the flourishing of the short story genre in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Taisho era, to the new breed of writers produced under the constraints of literary censorship, and the current writings reflecting 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.




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This volume contains an amazing slice of contemporary (and slightly less than contemporary) Japanese writers. This book is the perfect intro to Japanese literature for those unfamiliar; the short stories within are good representations of their respective author's general style. It's a darn entertaining read, too; I loved nearly every story and and have reread several of them many times.