Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi Detective Stories of Old Edo

ISBN-10: 0824831004
ISBN-13: 9780824831004
Edition: 2007
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Description: "That year, quite a shocking incident occurred...." So reminisces old Hanshichi in a story from one of Japan's most beloved works of popular literature, Hanshichi torimonoch#x014D; . Told through the eyes of a street-smart detective, Okamoto  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 335
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

"That year, quite a shocking incident occurred...." So reminisces old Hanshichi in a story from one of Japan's most beloved works of popular literature, Hanshichi torimonoch#x014D; . Told through the eyes of a street-smart detective, Okamoto Kid#x014D; 's best-known work inaugurated the historical detective genre in Japan, spawning stage, radio, movie, and television adaptations as well as countless imitations. This selection of fourteen stories, translated into English for the first time, provides a fascinating glimpse of life in feudal Edo (later Tokyo) and rare insight into the development of the fledgling Japanese crime novel. Once viewed as an exclusively modern genre derivative of Western fiction, crime fiction and its place in the Japanese popular imagination were forever changed by Kid#x014D; 's "unsung Sherlock Holmes." These stories--still widely read today--are crucial to our understanding of modern Japan and its aspirations toward a literature that steps outside the shadow of the West to stand on its own.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Ghost of Ofumi
The Stone Lantern
The Death of Kampei
The Room over the Bathhouse
The Dancer's Curse
The Mystery of the Fire Bell
The Daimyo's Maidservant
The Haunted Sash Pond
Snow Melting in Spring
Hiroshige and the River Otter
The Mansion of Morning Glories
A Cacophony of Cats
Benten's Daughter
The Mountain Party

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