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The Showa Anthology : Modern Japanese Short Stories, 1929-1984
The Showa Anthology Modern Japanese Short Stories 1929-1984 Author:Van C. Gessel (Editor), Tomone Matsumoto (Editor) The literature of the Showa era (1926-1989) is as varied and accurate a portrait of the Japanese Nation's meandering, tortuous progress through the past six decades as we can hpe to find. The present collection was conceived with the intent of bringing together stories by the finest authors who have produced short fiction during this period, pri... more »marily those who have not been adequately represented in English translation.
As the anthology took shape, it became evident that the stories were remarkably varied in the experiences they describe as well as in the techniques they employ. This suggested that stories by several familiar writers should also be included, particularly works that display sides of their creators not generally recognized overseas.
This collection includes 26 stories, each by a different writer, with perhaps the most widely known writers in English translation being Mishima Yukio, Abe Kobo, Kawabata Yasunari, Oe Kenzaburo, Dazai Osamu and Endo Shusaku.« less