Contemporary Japanese Literature: An Anthology Of Fiction, by Howard Hibbett

By Howard Hibbett

Modern eastern Literature: An Anthology Of Fiction, movie, And different Writing in view that 1945 is a suite of a few of the best written works in Japan, delivering English translations of reports via approximately dozen authors. chosen through editor and Harvard professor emeritus of eastern literature Howard Hibbett, modern eastern Literature is the fitting smorgasbord to event post-World struggle II eastern writings. modern jap Literature is very instructed for school library cabinets and private literature collections.

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W o u l d a thousand yen's worth d o ? " . . Apparently a drinking party would soon begin. Pressing her lips against her knees, Reiko listened attentively. As he watched her, Hisao remembered something she had told h i m a long time ago. It was when she was ten years old, at the end of the s u m m e r — i n fact, just about this time of day. Reiko had been sitting for a long time leaning against the chest of drawers in the corner of her room. Carpenters had c o m e to work at their house; from the garden you could hear the steady hammering and planing, and men shouting at each other.

Or perhaps she was the descendant of a local priestess who used to take charge of bringing young people together in the days when this was still a remote country- Wedlock 1 26 s i d e — s o m e o n e of that kind. As she got older and was mistreated by her own daughter-in-law she would begin to feel the blood of her ancestors racing through her veins and would busy herself arranging marriages, or possibly spying on the lives of ordinary-looking couples, whether married or not, w h o had their little nest out here.

But you see how much trouble it is to take everything out , . " S h e sounded like a stubborn child. Hisao got up from the TV set and w e n t into the kitchen beside her. Reiko was squatting on her rich thighs and leaning forward almost to the floor, squeamishly inspecting the freshly wiped cupboard. T h e n she straightened up again, almost regretfully, and began picking up the cans and bottles one by one, wiping the dust from them, and putting t h e m neatly back in the cupboard. T h e work seemed infinitely lonely.

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