A Wife in Musashino

Volume 51
Ôoka Shôhei
Translated with a Postscript by Dennis Washburn
A depiction of the motivations and circumstances of its characters and its subtle portrait of class conflict and family tensions that brings the tumultuous Japanese postwar period to life, revealing with rich insight the impact of the war on Japanese society and on individual lives.

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A Wife in Musashino, published in 1950, was a major critical and commercial success, and was quickly adapted to the screen by the director Mizoguchi Kenji in 1951. Composed simultaneously with portions of Ôoka's great war novel, Fires on the Plain, A Wife in Musashino recounts the story of the ill-fated love between a young demobilized soldier, Tsutomu, and his married cousin, Michiko. The impact on Ôoka of French writers such as Stendhal and Radiguet is apparent not only in his finely detailed observations of human emotions, but also in his trenchant critique of social customs and conventions. The novel's depiction of the motivations and circumstances of its characters and its subtle portrait of class conflict and family tensions bring the tumultuous Japanese postwar period to life, revealing with rich insight the impact of the war on Japanese society and on individual lives.
Ôoka Shôhei was one of the most distinctive literary voices of Japan's postwar era. A prolific writer who received numerous awards, he also was an active translator of French literature and was recognized as an important critic and editor. Ôoka is best known for his works that detail his experiences as a Japanese soldier in the Second World War, and a number of his contemporaries, including the novelists Mishima Yukio and Ôe Kenzaburô, have placed him among the ranks of the finest artists of modern Japanese literature.
 
Dennis Washburn is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College.

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 176pp.

  • Hardcover
  • 2005
  • Available
  • 978-1-929280-28-5

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