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Lament in the Night

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Lament in the Night collects two remarkable novellas by the author Shosun Nagahara, translated from the Japanese for the first time. The title novella, originally published in 1925, follows itinerant day laborer Ishikawa Sazuko as he prowls the back alleys and bathhouses of Los Angeles, looking for a meal, a job or just someone to hold onto. The second novella follows a young mother working her way through bars and nightclubs after being abandoned by her gambling-addicted husband. Written in a deadpan tone that is both evocative and precise, this dazzling exercise in 1920s naturalist noir promises to become a classic of American literature. This first-ever English language publication of Lament in the Night opens up a whole realm of American literature that has been woefully underpublished and unexplored--namely, the literary heritage of non-English-speaking immigrants in America. Nagahara was influenced by many Western writers--especially Knut Hamsun, whose work he translated into Japanese--and his novels combine the gritty sensibility of Los Angeles noir with elements of Japanese traditional storytelling and epistolary techniques.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781885030481
Author:
Shosun, Nagahara
Publisher:
Kaya Press
Translator:
Leong, Andrew
Subject:
Urban Life
Subject:
Literature-Urban Life
Publication Date:
20121231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
150

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Urban Life
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Japanese American

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