Synopses & Reviews
This collection of short stories by non-Japanese who choose to live in Japan is an absorbing look at the Outsider in a nation that does not absorb foreigners easily. Unlike that other hotbed of expatriate writing, literary Paris between the wars--which after all was not so different from home--literary Japan has confronted its expatriate writing community with a challenging mental and physical landscape. The Broken Bridge features work by 36 non-Japanese writers, including Alan Brown, Leza Lowitz, Alex Kerr, James Kirkup, and Phyllis Birnbaum.
"In this marvelous anthology, the expatriate gaijin (foreigners) do their best to adapt, but it isn't good enough. The results are hilarious, ironic, and sometimes tragic. Donald Richie's brilliant and wise introduction spares no one while offering the acceptance that passeth understanding. What a tour de force this volume is!" -Joan Mellen, author of The Waves at Genji's Door
"This generous, long-overdue collection of unpredictable insights and diverse illuminations reveals a rich, seldom-recognized genre, with many fine exponents represented. Perceptively assembled and introduced." -Kyoto Journal
The Broken Bridge includes stories from the period after the Occupation until the present day, and contains work by 36 non-Japanese writers, including Edward Seidensticker, Philip Whalen, Leza Lowitz, Morgan Gibson, PHyllis Birnbaum, James Kirkup and others.
Absorbing fiction from Outsiders in a land that does not absorb foreigners easily.
About the Author
Donald Richie has been writing about Japan for over 50 years from his base in Tokyo and is the author of over 40 books and hundreds of essays and reviews. He is widely admired for his incisive film studies on Ozu and Kurosawa, and for his stylish and incisive observations on Japanese culture.