Contemporary Japanese literature bundle

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Contemporary Japanese literature bundle

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Three great works from contemporary Japanese writers. Included are: 

  1. In the Woods of Memory by Shun Medoruma
  2. Wind and Stone by Masaaki Tachihara
  3. Evening Clouds: A Novel by Junzo Shono
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In the Woods of Memory by Shun Medoruma

In the Woods of Memory is a powerful, thought-provoking novel that focuses on two incidents during the Battle of Okinawa, 1945: the sexual assault on Sayoko, 17, by four US soldiers and her friend Seiji’s attempt at revenge. Narrations through nine points of view, Japanese and American, from 1945 to the present day reveal the full complexity of events and how war trauma inevitably ripples through the generations.

Wind and Stone by Masaaki Tachihara

The story of Mizue, a housewife, and Kase, a traditional-style garden designer hired by her husband to landscape their home. As the garden takes shape, Mizue wakens to a new sensuality and desire, and her carefully structured life begins to crumble. Wind and Stone explores the psychology of human passion in an oblique language filled with references to art and aesthetic values.

Evening Clouds: A Novel by Junzo Shono

This episodic novel, originally published in Japan in 1964 and appearing for the first time in translation, scrupulously observes one family's experiences getting used to a new home atop a windy hill near Tokyo. As the three children and their parents discuss the intricacies of buying a new desk, or deal with curious centipedes and residential developers who threaten to destroy the surrounding landscape, they accustom themselves to the trials of moving and the necessity of accepting change as the only constant in life. Each section revolves around the observations of father Oura, whose character is loosely based on Shono himself.