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Life in the Cul-de-Sac (Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature)

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One of the most important Japanese novels of the last two decades, winner of the Tanizaki Prize

Meet the households Kiuchi, Takigawa, Yasunaga, and Oda…. In this gently twisted domestic fable, award-winning novelist Senji Kuroi explores modern Japan through the lives of four families who live on a typical street in suburban Tokyo. Beset by visions, uncomfortable marriages, and strange rumblings of the past and future, these "traditional" Japanese families find the world both magical and perplexing. Are things falling apart or coming together? Is any of this real? Originally serialized as twelve interleaved stories, Life in the Cul-De-Sac is an intriguing and entertaining novel from a gifted writer and observer.

Senji Kuroi is one of postwar Japan's most important novelists. Philip Gabriel translated Haruki Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun.

From the Translator's Afterword:

"Taken together, Kuroi's twelve stories of these four families highlight two main issues of concern not just in Japan but in all industrialized countries-the loss of community and the changing roles of women. . . . Instead of the vaunted Japanese 'group ethic,' Life in the Cul-de-Sac depicts a society of disconnected individuals, of monads cut off from meaningful relationships within their family and with those around them. For most of these characters knowledge of their neighbors comes in whispered speculation and in furtive glimpses through the curtains, while within the home husband and wife, parents and children, talk at cross-purposes. This is a new kind of Japanese 'floating world.'. . ."

Synopsis:

A surreal look at four Japanese families on a dead-end street, awarded the Tanizaki Prize.

Synopsis:

Meet the households Kiuchi, Takigawa, Yasunaga, and Oda... In this gently twisted domestic fable, award-winning novelist Senji Kuroi explores modern Japan through the lives of four families who live on a typical street in suburban Tokyo. Beset by visions, uncomfortable marriages, and strange rumblings of the past and future, these "traditional" Japanese families find the world both magical and perplexing. Are things falling apart or coming together? Is any of this real? Originally serialized as twelve interleaved stories, Life in the Cul-de-Sac provides a unique and intimate look at contemporary Japanese society.

Synopsis:

Magical realism... from Japan? From Haruki Murakami translator Philip Gabriel, the first English translation of one of the most important Japanese novels of the last 20 years.

About the Author

Senji Kuroi is one of postwar Japan's most important contemporary novelists. After graduating from Tokyo University in 1955 with a degree in economics, he worked in the automotive industry for 15 years, while successfully pursuing his literary career. A fulltime writer since 1970, Kuroi is the winner of Japan's prestigious Tanizaki and Yomiuri Literary Prizes.Philip Gabriel translated Haruki Murakami's South of the Border, West of the Sun and Sputnik Sweetheart. His work also appears frequently in The New Yorker. He is a professor of modern Japanese literature at the University of Arizona. His translation of Life in the Cul-de-Sac was recently awarded Columbia University's 2001 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880656570
Translator:
Gabriel, Philip
Author:
Gabriel, Philip
Author:
Kuroi, Senji
Author:
Gabriel, Philip
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature
Series Volume:
no. 99-11-99-15
Publication Date:
20010401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 232 pages Stone Bridge Press - English 9781880656570 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
A surreal look at four Japanese families on a dead-end street, awarded the Tanizaki Prize.
"Synopsis" by , Meet the households Kiuchi, Takigawa, Yasunaga, and Oda... In this gently twisted domestic fable, award-winning novelist Senji Kuroi explores modern Japan through the lives of four families who live on a typical street in suburban Tokyo. Beset by visions, uncomfortable marriages, and strange rumblings of the past and future, these "traditional" Japanese families find the world both magical and perplexing. Are things falling apart or coming together? Is any of this real? Originally serialized as twelve interleaved stories, Life in the Cul-de-Sac provides a unique and intimate look at contemporary Japanese society.
"Synopsis" by , Magical realism... from Japan? From Haruki Murakami translator Philip Gabriel, the first English translation of one of the most important Japanese novels of the last 20 years.
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