The Oxford book of Japanese short stories

edited by Theodore W. Goossen

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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  • Sansho the Steward
  • The Third Night
  • The Bonfire
  • Separate Ways
  • The Peony Garden
  • Night Fires
  • Aguir
  • Blowfish
  • Portrait of an Old Geisha
  • In a Grove
  • The Bears of Nametoko
  • Spring Riding in a Carriage
  • Carp
  • The Izu Dancer
  • Lemon
  • The Accordian and the Fish Town
  • The Flower-Eating Crone
  • Blind Chinese Soldiers
  • In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom
  • Passage to Fudaraku
  • Merry Christmas
  • The Expert
  • The Rifle
  • Unzen
  • The Bet
  • Three Policemen
  • Onnagata
  • Toddler-hunting
  • Mr Carp
  • The Duel
  • Prize Stock
  • A Very Strange, Enchanted Boy
  • The Elephant Vanishes
  • Desert Dolphin
  • Dreaming of Kimchee

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書名 The Oxford book of Japanese short stories
著作者等 Goossen, Theodore William
Goossen Theodore
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 xxxi, 452 p.
大きさ 20 cm
ISBN 9780199583195
NCID BB02485080
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言語 英語
原文言語 日本語
出版国 イギリス