Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the Mombusho and the Noma Japanese literary prizes, Yasuoka Shotaro's A View by the Sea is a dark and ruthless examination of the post-World War II Japanese psyche. The story recounts the visit of a young man, along with the father he rarely sees, to the mental institution where his mother lies dying. In the course of the nine days preceding her death, the son descends into the depths of the asylum and the secrets of the family's past as he probes the sources of his mother's insanity and his own feelings of isolation.
Kären Wigen's graceful and sensitive translation of A View by the Sea and the five other stories included in this volume preserve for the English reader the stark beauty and exacting analysis of Yasuoka's prose. Informed by a constant, unsparing introspection and an acute awareness of human weakness, these stories represent the very best of Yasuoka's writing from the 1950s and 1960s.
The works contained in this volume include Shotao's prize-winning novella and five short stories.