Confessions of a Yakuza : a life in Japan's underworld

Junichi Saga ; translated by John Bester ; illustrated by Susumu Saga

This is the true story, as told to the doctor who looked after him just before he died, of the life of one of the last traditional yakuza in Japan. It wasn't a "good" life, in either sense of the word, but it was an adventurous one; and the tale he has to tell presents an honest and oddly attractive picture of an insider in that separate, unofficial world. <br>In his low, hoarse voice, he describes the random events that led the son of a prosperous country shopkeeper to become a member, and ultimately the leader, of a gang organizing illegal dice games in Tokyo's liveliest entertainment area. He talks about his first police raid, and the brutal interrogation and imprisonment that followed it. He remembers his first love affair, and the girl he ran away with, and the weeks they spent wandering about the countryside together. Briefly, and matter-of-factly, he describes how he cut off the little finger of his left hand as a ritual gesture of apology. He explains how the games were run and the profits spent; why the ties between members of "the brotherhood" were so important; and how he came to kill a man who worked for him. <br>What emerges is a contradictory personality: tough but not unsentimental; stubborn yet willing to take life more or less as it comes; impulsive but careful to observe the rules of the business he had joined. <br>And in the end, when his tale is finished, you feel you would probably have liked him if you'd met him in person. Fortunately, Dr. Saga's record of his long conversations with him provides a wonderful substitute for that meeting.

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書名 Confessions of a Yakuza : a life in Japan's underworld
著作者等 Bester, John
佐賀 純一
佐賀 進
Saga Jun'ichi
書名別名 浅草博徒一代 : 英文版

Asakusa bakuto ichidai
出版元 Kodansha USA
刊行年月 2013
ページ数 253 p.
大きさ 19 cm
ISBN 9781568365046
NCID BB18357512
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言語 英語
原文言語 日本語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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