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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 ofthe 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 ofthe 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 Nobelprize-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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Acknowledgements Introduction Sansho the Steward, Mori Ogai The Third Night, Natsume Soseki The Bonfire, Kunikida Doppo Separate Ways, Higuchi Ichiyo The Peony Garden, Nagai Kafu Night Fires, Shiga Naoya Aguir, Tanizaki Jun'Ichiro Blowfish, Satomi Ton Portrait of an Old Geisha, Okamoto Kanoko In a Grove, Akutagawa Ryunosuke The Bears of Nametoko, Miyazawa Kenji Spring Riding in a Carriage, Yokomitsu Riichi Carp, Ibuse Masuji The Izu Dancer, Kawabata Yasunari Lemon, Kajii Motojiro The Accordian and the Fish Town, Hayashi Fumiko The Flower-Eating Crone, Enchi Fumiko Blind Chinese Soldiers, Hirabayashi Taiko In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom, Sakaguchi Ango Passage to Fudaraku, Inoue Yasushi Merry Christmas, Dazai Osamu The Expert, Nakajima Atsushi The Rifle, Kojima Nobuo Unzen, Endo Shusaku The Bet, Abe Kobe Three Policemen, Yoshiyuki Junnosuke Onnagata, Mishima Yukio Toddler-hunting, Kono Taeko Mr Carp, Mukoda Kuniko The Duel, Kaiko Takeshi Prize Stock, Oe Kenzaburo A Very Strange, Enchanted Boy, Tsushima Yuko The Elephant Vanishes, Murakami Haruki Desert Dolphin, Shimada Masahiko Dreaming of Kimchee, Yoshimoto Banana Biographical Notes Filmography Publisher's Acknowledgements