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The Resource The legend of gold and other stories, Ishikawa Jun ; translated by William J. Tyler

The legend of gold and other stories, Ishikawa Jun ; translated by William J. Tyler

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The legend of gold and other stories
Title
The legend of gold and other stories
Statement of responsibility
Ishikawa Jun ; translated by William J. Tyler
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
Summary
The four stories and novella translated in this volume represent the best short fiction by Ishikawa Jun (1899-1987), one of the most important modernist writers to appear on the Japanese literary stage during the years before and after World War II. Throughout his career, Ishikawa resisted the tide of popular opinion to address issues of political and artistic significance and thereby paved the way for a generation of Japanese internationalists and experimentalists, including Abe Kobo and Oe Kenzaburo. Highly acclaimed and respected in Japan, Ishikawa remains little known in the West-in part because of the tendency of Western critics and readers of Japanese literature to focus on writers concerned with aesthetic issues. Combining a strong interest in politics with a brilliant use of modernist techniques, Ishikawa's work defies easy categorization. Banned in 1938, "Mars' Song" has been called the finest example of anti-war fiction written during Japan's march to war in China and the Pacific. In it Ishikawa denounces the chorus of jingoism that swept Japan, and via a metafictional tale within a tale, he warns against the suicidal destruction to which complicity in warmongering will lead. The allegorical "Moon Gems," written in the spring of 1945, further explores the tenuous position of the writer moving against the current in a country not only still at war but very near defeat. In "The Legend of Gold" and "The Jesus of the Ruins," both from 1946, Japan has been reduced to a charred wasteland yet Ishikawa envisions destruction as fertile ground for rebirth and resurrection. Finally, the semi-surrealistic novella The Raptor plumbs the meanings and possibilities of peace in the post-Occupation era. William Tyler's eminently readable translations are faithfully expressive of stylistic and tonal nuances in the original works. In a perceptive introduction and the critical essays that follow, Tyler emphasizes Ishikawa's importance as an anti-establishment--even "resistance"--Writer and argues that the writer's political iconoclasm goes hand-in-hand with the modanizumu of his literary experimentation. The Legend of Gold will be of tremendous importance in enlarging a Western understanding of the development of the writer's role as social critic and the evolution of the modernist movement in postwar Japan
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digitized
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N$T
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1899-1987
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Ishikawa, Jun
Dewey number
895.6/344
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PL830.S5
LC item number
A6 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Tyler, William Jefferson
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  • Short stories, Japanese
  • Japanese fiction
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • FICTION
  • Japanese fiction
  • Short stories, Japanese
  • Littérature japonaise
  • Japon
Label
The legend of gold and other stories, Ishikawa Jun ; translated by William J. Tyler
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-299)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mar's song -- Moon gems -- The legend of gold -- The Jesus of the ruins -- The raptor
Control code
45843041
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 299 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824863333
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.21313/9780824863333
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t7wc
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45843041
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The legend of gold and other stories, Ishikawa Jun ; translated by William J. Tyler
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-299)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mar's song -- Moon gems -- The legend of gold -- The Jesus of the ruins -- The raptor
Control code
45843041
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 299 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824863333
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.21313/9780824863333
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t7wc
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)45843041
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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