Howard Hibbett (1920–2019)

Teoksen The Floating World in Japanese Fiction tekijä

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Rashomon and Other Stories (1915) — Johdanto, eräät painokset1,335 kappaletta
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Avain (1956) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset768 kappaletta
Unien silta (1963) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset628 kappaletta
Quicksand (1930) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset508 kappaletta
Diary of a Mad Old Man (1965) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset498 kappaletta
Modern Japanese Literature: From 1868 to the Present Day (1956) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset284 kappaletta
Harp of Burma (1946) — Kääntäjä, eräät painokset164 kappaletta

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Kanoninen nimi
Hibbett, Howard
Virallinen nimi
Hibbett, Howard S.
vertaler Japans - Engels
Harvard University



Among the most delightful genres of Japanese literature is that of the 'ukiyo-zoshi', or 'tales of the floating world'. These gay stories and novels reflect the milieu of the familiar 'ukiyo-e' prints, to which they offer the best possible introduction. In them we find an unsurpassed view of the manners and customs, arts and affectations, of the multifarious city life of Tokugawa Japan. That view is focused on the search for pleasure that was the obsession of the age : like the authors themselves, most 'ukiyo-zoshi' characters belong to the cafe society of courtesans, entertainers, and their patrons which flourished the brilliant Genroku era (1680 - 1740). It was a time of innovations in popular literature, as well as in music, the kabuki theatre, and the graphic arts; and the excitement of the 'Japanese renaissance', together with its satirical wit and its sense of style, is vividly displayed in the fiction of the floating world.… (lisätietoja)
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Centre_A | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 27, 2020 |
Not sure how to rate this one; it was very informative, but I wasn't especially stimulated by the stories.
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KatrinkaV | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 10, 2016 |
The work sampled here appears to come from a wide variety of well-known Japanese authors, all of whom can be found on Wikipedia: Yoshikichi Furui, Taeko Kono, Shotaro Yasuoka, etc. I approached this anthology with interest in the subject, but no background knowledge. The only name I recognized prior to reading was the famous director Akira Kurosawa, whose screenplay "Ikiru" is included (with the welcome insertion of still frames in the margins).

From the very first story, I found I liked the close character studies and the plots depending almost not at all on action. I thought I recognized some Western themes (or perhaps just parallel Japanese themes), such as the absurdist tradition in the play "Friends" by Kobo Abe. I especially liked the strong writing of Kurahashi‘s “To Die at the Estuary” and Nagai‘s “Brief Encounter”. “American Hijiki” is a virtuoso performance of translation, as that comprises its subject matter. The weakest story for me was the award-winning "The American School" by Nobuo Kojima: whether the writing or the translation, I felt the characters formed inconsistent impressions of one another and some ideas were not followed through.

This volume is a lucky find if you come across it, and a good introduction to Japanese literature, even if it's not quite so "contemporary" anymore (published 1977).
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Cecrow | 1 muu arvostelu | Dec 27, 2009 |
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