New PDF release: Modern Japanese Fiction and Its Traditions: An Introduction

By J. Thomas Rimer

ISBN-10: 069163808X

ISBN-13: 9780691638089

Thomas Rimer's e-book seeks to provide an explanation for the historical past, structural rules, and improvement of pre-modem and glossy eastern fiction in a fashion that's accomplished, methodical, and obtainable to the final reader.

Originally released in 1978.

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18. , p. 19. NATSUME SOSEKI 45 from this stifling world. There is no girl next door peeping over the fence; nor is there a dear friend living far away across the hills. He is above such things. Having allowed all consideration of advantage and disadvantage, profit and loss, to drain from him, he has attained a pure state of mind. Seated alone, cloistered amidst bamboo I pluck the strings; And from my harp The lingering notes follow leisurely away. 9 The artist goes on to remark that, "within the space of these few short lines, a whole new world has been created.

43 NATSUME SOSEKI massive—by what one might call the irresistible will of heaven. 4 The protagonist's path in Kusamakura is also difficult, al­ though in a more literal fashion: This is a terrible road. Ifit were only plain earth it would not take all that long, but imbedded in the ground are large stones. You can smooth the soil out flat, but the stones will stick up. You can break the stones to pieces, but not the rocks. There is nothing you can do about getting rid of the rocks. They sit atop the mound of broken earth unconquered, and with an almost contemptuous air of selfassurance.

The birds have one meaning for her, but another for the reader, who comes to see Shunkin as a caged bird who finds the only release possible in her music. The lyrical images of the birds singing in flight may seem to provide too obvious a parallel to the blind samisen player. But they function well within the context of the atmosphere of the story. An allied technique Tanizaki employs shows a great re­ liance on traditional Japanese aesthetics. No Western critical term serves to define such a device.

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