The Shōwa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories



[PDF] ✎ The Shōwa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories By Van C. Gessel – E17streets4all.co.uk The Showa Anthology is the first comprehensive collection of Japanese short stories to appear in English translation in over eight years These twenty five stories, most of them newly translated, were Anthology: Modern Kindle Ô The Showa Anthology is the first comprehensive collection of Japanese short stories to appear in English translation in over eight years These twenty five stories, most of them newly translated, were composed during the six decades of the Showa period fromtoby some of the finest Japanese writers of this century The variety and scope of these works attest both to the tenacity of Japanese literary tradition and to The Shōwa Epub / the ability of the Japanese writer to absorb and adapt contemporary literary techniques Most of all, they are vivid artistic responses to what may well be the most turbulent, challenging era in modern Japanese history The anthology includes stories by authors whose reputations are already well established in the West Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari, Endo Shusaku, Oe Kenzaburo, Dazai Osamu, Inoue Yasushi, and Abe Kobo In addition, many authors Shōwa Anthology: Modern Epub â considered of the first rank in Japan are represented, often for the first time in English Kajii Motojiro, Shono Junzo, Ishikawa Jun, and Shimao Toshio Six stories by women writers provide a sampling of fiction by a group of authors who have become a major creative force in postwar literature These authors, much like the classical Japanese painter, are seldom at home producing vast, panoramic landscapes of life rather they are masters at creating rich genre style vignettes and brief flashes of inspiration When these small, reverberating scenes are placed one beside another, the scroll that unfolds before the reader s eyes is a subtle and complex portrait of human experience In formal literary terms, the works range from the discursive autobiographical sketch to imaginative surrealism from the gentle lyrical mode to the ultramodern intellectual discourse from pastoral wistfulness to studies of war and its destructive force Rendered into English by the leading translators and scholars from the younger generation of Japanologists, these stories will appeal to every literary taste They clearly demonstrate that literature in Japan over the past half century has been a living, changing entity, responding to and commenting upon the vicissitudes of the society The Japanese short story, as The Showa Anthology demonstrates, has survived wars and defeats and the advent of high technology in the present age to evolve into a durable and universal form of literary expressionContents Introduction by Van C GesselKuchisuke s Valley by Ibuse MasujiMating by Kajii Motojir Les joues en feu by Hori TatsuoMagic Lantern by Dazai OsamuMoon jems by Ishikawa JunThe magic chalk by Abe K b Bad Company by Yasuoka Sh tar Eggs by Mishima YukioStars by Kojima NobuoAre the trees green by Yoshiyuki JunnosukeStill life by Sh no Junz With maya by Shimao ToshioThe monastery by Kurahashi YumikoUnder the shadow of Mt Bandai by Inoue YasushiMulberry child by Minakami TsutomuOne arm by Kawabata YasunariThe day before by End Sh sakuFriends by Abe AkiraRipples by Shibaki YoshikoThe pale fox by be MinakoIron fish by K no TaekoPlatonic Love by Kanai MiekoThe crushed pellet by Kaik TakeshiThe clever rain tree by e Kenzabur The silent traders by Tsushima Y koThe immortal by Nakagami Kenji.The Shōwa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories

Anthology: Modern Kindle Ô Van C Gessel was born in Compton, California, and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints there in October He served as a missionary to Japan from He received a PhD in Japanese literature from Columbia University in , and he has taught as a faculty member at Columbia, Notre Dame, UC Berkeley, and Brigham The Shōwa Epub / Young University He was chair of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at BYU and dean of the College of HumanitiesDr Gessel has published six translations of literary works by the Japanese Christian novelist End Sh saku, including The Samurai and Deep River Another End novel, The Life of Kiku, will appear soon in his translation He co edited, with Reid Neilson, a volume of essays titled Taking the Gospel Shōwa Anthology: Modern Epub â to the Japanese to , which received the Geraldine McBride Woodward Award from the Mormon History Association for the best international Mormon history publication He co edited The Sh wa Anthology and served as co editor, with J Thomas Rimer, of The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature Volume published in , Volume in In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, he has served as bishop and a stake president at BYU From , he presided over the Oregon Portland Mission of the ChurchHe and his wife, Elizabeth Darley Gessel, are the parents of three children, and they have five grandchildren.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader The variety and scope of these works attest both to the tenacity of Japanese literary tradition and to The Shōwa Epub / the ability of the Japanese writer to absorb and adapt contemporary literary techniques Most of all, they are vivid artistic responses to what may well be the most turbulent, challenging era in modern Japanese history The anthology includes stories by authors whose reputations are already well established in the West Nobel laureate Kawabata Yasunari, Endo Shusaku, Oe Kenzaburo, Dazai Osamu, Inoue Yasushi, and Abe Kobo In addition, many authors Shōwa Anthology: Modern Epub â considered of the first rank in Japan are represented, often for the first time in English Kajii Motojiro, Shono Junzo, Ishikawa Jun, and Shimao Toshio Six stories by women writers provide a sampling of fiction by a group of authors who have become a major creative force in postwar literature These authors, much like the classical Japanese painter, are seldom at home producing vast, panoramic landscapes of life rather they are masters at creating rich genre style vignettes and brief flashes of inspiration When these small, reverberating scenes are placed one beside another, the scroll that unfolds before the reader s eyes is a subtle and complex portrait of human experience In formal literary terms, the works range from the discursive autobiographical sketch to imaginative surrealism from the gentle lyrical mode to the ultramodern intellectual discourse from pastoral wistfulness to studies of war and its destructive force Rendered into English by the leading translators and scholars from the younger generation of Japanologists, these stories will appeal to every literary taste They clearly demonstrate that literature in Japan over the past half century has been a living, changing entity, responding to and commenting upon the vicissitudes of the society The Japanese short story, as The Showa Anthology demonstrates, has survived wars and defeats and the advent of high technology in the present age to evolve into a durable and universal form of literary expressionContents Introduction by Van C GesselKuchisuke s Valley by Ibuse MasujiMating by Kajii Motojir Les joues en feu by Hori TatsuoMagic Lantern by Dazai OsamuMoon jems by Ishikawa JunThe magic chalk by Abe K b Bad Company by Yasuoka Sh tar Eggs by Mishima YukioStars by Kojima NobuoAre the trees green by Yoshiyuki JunnosukeStill life by Sh no Junz With maya by Shimao ToshioThe monastery by Kurahashi YumikoUnder the shadow of Mt Bandai by Inoue YasushiMulberry child by Minakami TsutomuOne arm by Kawabata YasunariThe day before by End Sh sakuFriends by Abe AkiraRipples by Shibaki YoshikoThe pale fox by be MinakoIron fish by K no TaekoPlatonic Love by Kanai MiekoThe crushed pellet by Kaik TakeshiThe clever rain tree by e Kenzabur The silent traders by Tsushima Y koThe immortal by Nakagami Kenji."/>
  • Paperback
  • 442 pages
  • The Shōwa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories
  • Van C. Gessel
  • English
  • 17 November 2017
  • 4770017081

10 thoughts on “The Shōwa Anthology: Modern Japanese Short Stories

  1. says:

    Kuchisuke s valley by Masuji IbuseOld man s village is being flooded by the new dam Kuchisuke spoke Just how cruel can this lake be Mating by Kajii Motojir Poet looks at nature.Les joues en feu by Hori TatsuoIt s where Vita Sexualis meets Confessions of a Mask How s this for an Omi Uozomi was on the discuss throwing team and seemed twice my size When he was on the field, he bore a slight resemblance to The Discuss Thrower, one of the Greek statues on the German picture postcards that w Kuchisuke s valley by Masuji IbuseOld man s village is being flooded by the new dam Kuchisuke spoke Just how cruel can this lake be Mating by Kajii Motojir Poet looks at nature.Les joues en feu by Hori TatsuoIt s where Vita Sexualis meets Confessions of a Mask How s this for an Omi Uozomi was on the discuss throwing team and seemed twice my size When he was on the field, he bore a slight resemblance to The Discuss Thrower, one of the Greek statues on the German picture postcards that we circulated among ourselves Consequenlty, the lowerclassmen idolized him in spite of his perpetual look of disdain for everyone Magic lantern by Osamu DazaiSecond reading of this one Still love Osamu Dazai.Moon gems by Jun IshikawaHe s trying to learn how to ride a bike in bombed Tokyo and Kaf Nagai can be glimpsed in the background Then there s another bombing, and he s not so sure that he wants to bother with the bike any Fin Very J.The magic chalk by Abe K b It s very Abe Kobo Does this guy ever surprise Bad company by Yasuoka ShotaroI love Yasuoka He was from Kochi, you know Second time with this story, featuring the strange relationships of unhappy young men.Eggs by Yukio MishimaRowdy young macho types eat a lot of eggs Eggs then have their revenge Rowdy young macho types win through and make lots of omelettes Mental Unenjoyable.Stars by Nobuo KojimaSobbing for the first part of this Privates in the army occupying Manchuria, and our narrator hates and bullies his only friend Joji Please stop I ll do whatever you want I ll do your laundry anything You think I could stand being fawned on by someone like you I must have said something like that I was caught in the fury of my mood Hikida turned his flat, tearstained, frantic face out away from the city, wailed bitterly, and then tried to scale the parapet and leap off the thirty foot high wall Liked this bit, obvs Captain Inoma seemed to have worked himself into a rage He stripped me naked, then energetically tore off his own jacket he made me sit facing the east, pulled out his sword and wrapped the blade with my shirt, then stepped up to me Are you ready Don t be a coward Cut your belly open now, and I ll chop your head off for you Don t worry about a thing I didn t have the impression that he was joking But this was all too sudden to be really happening I didn t even have time to feel sad I gazed down at my stomach My belly button seemed so forlorn, so alone As I studied my navel, I blurted out Look a star Are the trees green by Junnosuke YoshiyukiIs a young man to inherit his father s womanising ways Still life by Junzo ShonoJunzo s OK, but he s not going to change the shape of the universe.With Maya by Shimao ToshioIf Kenzabur e didn t have his eldest son, we d all be reading about Shimao and his daughter.The monastery by Yumiko KurahashiShe s from Kochi Great story too many roosters in the hen house, and someone s going to have to cut their stomach open.Under the shadow of Mount Bandai by Yasushi InoueMy favourite Inoue story What remains indelibly burned upon my memory and ringing in my ears is the defiant challenge Blow, mountain, blow Give it all you ve got uttered by those brave children, who could do nothing else in the face of the mountain s awesome power Mulberry child by Tsutomu Minakami Do you know the story of the mulberry child, the child born out of a mulberry patch It s probably nothing new to a writer like you In the poor villages of the north country, only so much land is available for fields and paddies, and when there get to be too many children, well, all the people can do is abandon them, starting with the third or fourth boy Thinning, it s called, and it was tolerated until about 1900 Mothers would come right down to the police station and report, It was a boy, so I wet a towel and covered his mouth, and killed him Please don t be too hard on me Well, the officer would pretend he didn t know anything, and arrange it so the higher ups never found out In the village where I was born, too, a lot of thinning went on One arm by Yasunari KawabataSecond reading of this one.The day before by Sh saku End Early Japanese Christians vs a chap in a modern hospital.Friends by Abe AkiraWorking for the TV studio, unhappy colleagues kill themselves or have nervous breakdowns It seems to me that when people choose to die so hastily, they make fools of those who are left behind Is this Mishima s Kyoko s House A few miscellaneous books lay beside his bed One of them was a lengthy novel by a postwar writer, a controversial figure when we were in college Ripples by Yoshiko ShibakiFamily comes into some money Family behaves badly and ruins it.The pale fox by Minako ObaStrange little story about the three unreliable men in a young woman s life.Iron fish by Taeko K noFabulous Fabulous Woman, whose first husband killed himself driving a torpedo into an enemy warship, locks herself into the museum at the Yasukuni shrine so that she can climb inside the iron fish , mourn and remember She wanted to experience her husband s death all by herself, to feel the loss personally Platonic love by Mieko KanaiVery po mo Someone s writing a short story called Platonic love.The crushed pellet by Takeshi Kaik Second reading of this.The clever rain tree by Kenzabur e is in this He and the lunatics are taking over the asylum.The silent traders by Y ko TsushimaSecond reading of this Cute Men are such bastards.The immortal by Kenji NakagamiPo mo yawn

  2. says:

    4.5 5Favorites Ibuse Masuji Kuchisuke s Valley Kajii Motojiro Mating Abe Kobo The Magic Chalk Mishima Yukio EggsKojima Nobuo StarsKurahashi Yumiko The MonasteryNakagami Kenji The Immortal

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    The notable stories, some of which I have read before, in chronological order Les Joues en Feu by Tatsuo Hori Magic Lantern by Osamu Dazai Still Life by Junzo Shono With Maya by Toshio Shimao Mulberry Child by Tsutomu Minakami One Arm by Yasunari Kawabata Friends by Akira Abe The Crushed Pellet by Takeshi Kaik.The greatest story here that was new to me is Akira Abe s Friends, though the greatest story overall would have to be Junzo Shono s Still Life, which is featur The notable stories, some of which I have read before, in chronological order Les Joues en Feu by Tatsuo Hori Magic Lantern by Osamu Dazai Still Life by Junzo Shono With Maya by Toshio Shimao Mulberry Child by Tsutomu Minakami One Arm by Yasunari Kawabata Friends by Akira Abe The Crushed Pellet by Takeshi Kaik.The greatest story here that was new to me is Akira Abe s Friends, though the greatest story overall would have to be Junzo Shono s Still Life, which is featured in his own collection of the same name which, in turn, is absolutely essential Nearly all of the stories written after 1970 are lousy

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    I firmly believe that Japanese are master storytellers This belief of mine gets further entrenched after readingandJapanese authors This anthology of short stories is by Japanese authors, who grew up during the turbulent World War period These authors were attempted to be tamed by Western philosophies primarily the American ones, they were molded by the hardships of the circumstances poverty, tyranny of the ruler.., and they were influenced by master storytellers from their pa I firmly believe that Japanese are master storytellers This belief of mine gets further entrenched after readingandJapanese authors This anthology of short stories is by Japanese authors, who grew up during the turbulent World War period These authors were attempted to be tamed by Western philosophies primarily the American ones, they were molded by the hardships of the circumstances poverty, tyranny of the ruler.., and they were influenced by master storytellers from their past What resulted was a unique blend of Japanese literature that is unparalleled across the world If you like short stories, you can t and shouldn t give this a miss

  5. says:

    First nice story met in the anthology Bad companies by Shotaro Yasuoka The self bad education of three teenager male friends during the anxious period when Japan is entering the 2nd WW The story is told by one of them Their relationships and personalities develop in a confuse way, and reflects well the rapid social decay of that time I met other two interesting short stories Are the trees green by Junnosuke Yoshiyuki and With Maya by Toshio Shimao In the first I liked the narrat First nice story met in the anthology Bad companies by Shotaro Yasuoka The self bad education of three teenager male friends during the anxious period when Japan is entering the 2nd WW The story is told by one of them Their relationships and personalities develop in a confuse way, and reflects well the rapid social decay of that time I met other two interesting short stories Are the trees green by Junnosuke Yoshiyuki and With Maya by Toshio Shimao In the first I liked the narration of how the main character remembers, and connects past even not his own with present events In the second the exploration of the self interrogative and problematic way the character deals with mental problems in a dear person In general, these japanese stories are very interiorized they called this style I novel and emphasize small details.Individuals have unresolved personalities the narration seems a way to manifest their anxieties. After finishing the book my favourite story has been One arm by Yasunari Kawabata Unexpectedly delicate use of surrealism to tell about a relationship between a woman and a man

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    I really enjoyed this book mostly because it was an easy book to pick up and read for a little bit at a time, because it is a collection of short stories.While the stories for each author are not necessarily representative of that author, you get a pretty good idea about the style of each one, and that can give you a good idea of whether or not you want to read one of their books It really is a good anthology for the fact that it collects all of the very best authors in Japan from the Showa per I really enjoyed this book mostly because it was an easy book to pick up and read for a little bit at a time, because it is a collection of short stories.While the stories for each author are not necessarily representative of that author, you get a pretty good idea about the style of each one, and that can give you a good idea of whether or not you want to read one of their books It really is a good anthology for the fact that it collects all of the very best authors in Japan from the Showa period, and you can see the variety of viewpoints and styles The 20th century was dynamic in the west, and you can certainly tell that it was in Japan as well because of the dynamism of these authors

  7. says:

    The most diverse collection of short shoriesand the best I have ever read The translation does not feel awkward or overly americanised and the sheer number of recommendations for great literature this book made was incredible the stories are, on the whole, well chosen to be representative of the authors.Very peaceful, deep writing that is rarely boring and funnyoften than one would expect.This is not traditional writing, but the modern age of japan.

  8. says:

    This was a trudge of a read to get through Some of the stories were amazing like Kobo Abe s, Jun Ishikawa s, and Osamu Dazai s This anthology came out in the 70 s, so the translation seems awkward at times This book has college text written all over it but very few would read the whole thing.

  9. says:

    There is a great short story called The Eggs in this book, I mean they are all prettty fucking awesome, but that one and The Magic Chalk are the best stories, translated.Translation Applesauce.

  10. says:

    La edici n es una porquer a y la traducci n chirr a muchas veces, pero vale la pena para conocer ciertos autores De todas formas, no la recomiendo.

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