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Publisher Comments:

In addition to "The Glass Slipper," this collection contains nine other stories held together by a common thread of self-perception: Yasuoka writes from the belief that the self has such depths that at times it can appear to be illusory. Set against the chaotic backdrop of the era running from before World War II to just after its end, these stories are infused with a timeless sense of novelty and humor that does not suffer from age. Highly praised by Haruki Murakami, The Glass Slipper and Other Stories continues to offer its readers a fresh literary experience.

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"Yasuoka's venal, youthful first-person narrators grasp at beauty and romance amid a changing Japan in these nine stories, all published in Japan in the early 1950s. In the opening tale, 'The Wandering Minstrel,' a dreamy worker in a knitwear company unaccountably finds himself gaining the verse-loving boss's favor by composing the company song, but soon finds himself enlisted as a suitor for the boss's bovine niece. The title story records a night watchman's fervent, sorrowful feelings for a nave young girl whose strange, playful ways move him — and torment him, too. Similarly, a young romantic and his effete cronies move to downtown Tokyo in search of the lost shogunate era of Edo, only to find vulgarity and disillusionment. In 'The Sword Dance,' an invalid son observes his father's return from the military as a changed man, without self-confidence and ambition, prompting a troubling reversal of their roles. Tyler's translation captures Yasuoka's effortless style, registering dark but delightful impressions of youth. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Shotaro Yasuoka was born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan, in 1920. The son of a veterinary corpsman in the Imperial Army, his early life involved frequent moves from one military post to the next. After the war, Yasuoka came down with spinal caries, and, with no chance for treatment without money, took on a series of odd jobs. It was while he was bedridden with this disease that he began his writing career. A leading figure in postwar Japanese literature, in 2001 Yasuoka received the Cultural Merit Award for his lifetime of literary activities.Royall Tyler has a B.A. in Far Eastern Languages from Harvard, and an M.A. in Japanese History and Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University. He has taught Japanese language and culture at, among other places, Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Oslo, in Norway.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564785046
Author:
Yasuoka, Shotaro
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Translator:
Tyler, Royall
Author:
Tyler, Royall
Subject:
Yasuoka, Shotaro
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Japanese Literature Series
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
140
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.4 x 0.7 in 0.85 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Yasuoka's venal, youthful first-person narrators grasp at beauty and romance amid a changing Japan in these nine stories, all published in Japan in the early 1950s. In the opening tale, 'The Wandering Minstrel,' a dreamy worker in a knitwear company unaccountably finds himself gaining the verse-loving boss's favor by composing the company song, but soon finds himself enlisted as a suitor for the boss's bovine niece. The title story records a night watchman's fervent, sorrowful feelings for a nave young girl whose strange, playful ways move him — and torment him, too. Similarly, a young romantic and his effete cronies move to downtown Tokyo in search of the lost shogunate era of Edo, only to find vulgarity and disillusionment. In 'The Sword Dance,' an invalid son observes his father's return from the military as a changed man, without self-confidence and ambition, prompting a troubling reversal of their roles. Tyler's translation captures Yasuoka's effortless style, registering dark but delightful impressions of youth. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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