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The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories


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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.

About the Author

Theodore Goossen is Professor of Japanese at York University, Ontario. A talented translator, he is well-acquainted with the contemporary Japanese literary scene, and editor of Descant, a Japanese literary journal.

Table of Contents



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

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Publisher's Acknowledgements

Product Details

Goossen, Theodore W
Oxford University Press, USA
Goossen, Theodore W.
null, Theodore W.
Goossen, Theodore W.
Short stories, japanese
Japanese fiction -- 1868-
Asian - General
Literature/English | World Literature | Asia
Literature-A to Z
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