Tokyo Stories A Literary Stroll

ISBN-10: 0520217888
ISBN-13: 9780520217881
Edition: 2002
Authors: Lawrence Rogers
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 6/27/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This anthology of translated short stories by Japanese writers captures the city of Tokyo through most of the twentieth century--a period of war, bombing, urbanization, and modernization, in short, constant change that has altered and continues to alter the very geography of the city. The eighteen stories, varying from literary sketches to popular fiction, picture everyday life in different parts of the city--in its nightclubs, department stores, bars, homes, and working-class neighborhoods. For the tourist, armchair traveler, or long-time resident, this book is a literary excursion into Tokyo illuminated by the evocative, and often ironic, words of its writers. These expertly translated stories range from reflections on deaths in his family by Akutagawa Ryunosuke, the venerated master of the short story, written just before his own suicide; to a story of an all-too-brief affair in the old part of Tokyo by Hayashi Fumiko; to an unsettling tale of high politics and possible blackmail by the ever-popular Mishima Yukio. The volume also introduces the work of Ikeda Michiko and Inaba Mayumi, who have never been translated into English before. Lawrence Rogers's introduction leads us on an intimate meditative stroll through the city's various districts--from the marble and mahogany of the business district to the skid row of San'ya--describing each in delightful vignettes. As an introduction to Tokyo and to the literary imaginations it has inspired, this engaging book will reveal something new about the nature of Japan's capital to all who wander through its pages.

List of Maps
Preface
Introduction
Central Tokyo Mire
Terrifying Tokyo
The Image
Fountains in the Rain
Meeting Again
Jacob's Tokyo Ladder
Shitamachi The Death Register
Kid Ume, the Silver Cat
The First Day of the Fair
Elegy
The Old Part of Town
Fireworks
Azuma Bridge
An Unclaimed Body
West of the Palace From behind the Study
Firefly
Sparrows
The South End Morning Comes Twice a Day
Glossary Suggested Reading
Acknowledgments of Permissions

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