Synopses & Reviews
This collection shows the qualities of literature that have helped earn writers Mishima, Tanizaki, and Kawabata international reputations, making Japanese literature highly valued for what it teaches about Japan, the human condition, and the possibilities of art. This anthology begins with "Under Reconstruction" from 1910, considered to be the first modern Japanese short story. Other stories included here, such as "The Idiot." "The Hateful Age," and "The Courtesy Call," offer a look the rules and mores that guide Japanese society. Some of the stories go back to classical Japan and China for their settings. Many readers feel that Mishima's "The Priest and His Love" is both the most Japanese and the most satisfying tale in the book. Brilliant and poetic, it offers a modern psychological analysis of religious versus sexual love. Edited by Ivan Morris, a recognized authority on Japanese literature, Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology is a volume of the highest quality and fidelity. The anthology also contains a long critical introduction by the editor tracing the development of modern Japanese fiction, introductiory paragraphs to each story giving information about the author and the story's cultural context, and a selected bibliography of modern Japanese fictioon available in English translation.
This collection shows the qualities that make Japanese literature among the world's finest.
Including "Under Reconstruction," considered to be the first modern Japanese short story, this book presents the short stories of Japan as among the world's most satisfying.
Edited by Ivan Morris, a recognized authority on Japanese literature, Modern Japanese Stories: An Anthology is a volume of the highest quality and fidelity.
About the Author
Books written and edited by Ivan Morris include Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan, and As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams: Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh-Century Japan.