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Paper Door and Other Stories

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ISBN-10: 0231121571

ISBN-13: 9780231121576

Edition: 2000

Authors: Shiga Naoya, Lane Dunlop, Donald Keene, Naoya Shiga

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No modern Japanese writer was more idolized than Shiga Naoya. The Paper Door and Other Storiesshowcases the concise, delicate art of this writer who is often called "the god of the Japanese short story." Doyen of Japanese letters Donald Keene ranks some of Shiga's stories "among the most brilliant achievements in this genre by any twentieth-century Japanese writer." Shiga's unique style is concise and simple, with no unnecessary words. With the subtlest of gestures, he evokes the fullness of experience. Lane Dunlop's masterly translation of seventeen of Shiga's finest stories has provided English readers their first overview of the author's work. Now back in print, the book is augmented by Donald Keene's new preface contextualizing Shiga's awesome literary gifts. Dunlop has chosen stories that aptly represent Shiga's range and virtuosity. With selections spanning forty years, from the fable-like "The Little Girl and the Rapeseed Flower" to the psychologically complex "A Gray Moon," this collection delineates the development of Shiga's rare genius.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/18/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Donald Keene was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 18, 1922. He received a bachelor's degree in 1942, a master's degree in 1947, and a doctoral degree in 1951 from Columbia University. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer in the Navy and worked translating for Japanese prisoners. He taught at Columbia University for 56 years and was named the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in 1986 and University Professor Emeritus. Keene is considered to be a "Japanologist". He has written, translated, or edited numerous books in both Japanese and English on Japanese literature and culture including The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, Essays in Idleness, So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, Three Plays of Kobo Abe, Twenty Plays of the No Theater, and The Breaking Jewel. His awards include the Kikuchi Kan Prize of the Society for the Advancement of Japanese Culture, the Japan Foundation Prize and the Tokyo Metropolitan Prize. Soon after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Keene retired and moved to Japan with the intention of living out the remainder of his life there. He acquired Japanese citizenship, and adopted a Japanese legal name. This required him to relinquish his American citizenship, as Japan does not permit dual citizenship.

Preface to the New Edition
Translators Preface
The Little Girl and the Rapeseed Flower (1904)
As Far as Abashiri (1908)
The Razor (1910)
The Paper Door (1911)
Seibei and His Gourds (1912)
An Incident (1913)
Han's Crime (1913)
At Kinosaki (1917)
Akanishi Kakita (1917)
Incident on the Afternoon of November Third (1918)
The Shopboy's God (1919)
Rain Frogs (1923)
The House by the Moat (1924)
A Memory of Yamashina (1925)
Infatuation (1926)
Kuniko (1927)
A Gray Moon (1945)