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Ibuse Masuji

A Century Remembered

Japanese novelist Ibuse Masuji (1898–1993) is best known for his 1966 novel Kuroi Ame (published in English as Black Rain), which detailed the tragic aftermath of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. With Ibuse Masuji, Anthony Liman, Ibuse’s lifelong friend and a noted scholar of Japanese literature and history, has written a lively and creative critical biography of the author.
Liman’s highly personal style delivers a vivid insider’s picture of Ibuse’s life, while also situating his writings and his career in the larger context of Japanese culture of the period. Featuring incisive readings of Ibuse’s major works, Ibuse Masuji will be indispensable to scholars of twentieth-century Japanese literature and culture.

430 pages | 1 halftone | 5 x 8 | © 2008

Literature and Literary Criticism: Asian Languages


Table of Contents

Introduction
 
I.    The Native Valley and the Inland Sea
II.   Waseda Years and the First Stories
III.  Return to the Country
IV.  The Drifters and the Rooted
V.   The Extravagance of War
VI.  The Old Fishermen and Japanese Identity
VII. Black Rain as Document and Myth
 
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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