Laughing Wolf

Volume 73
Tsushima Yûko
Translated from the Japanese by Dennis Washburn
Follows the exploits of two children as they traverse the country by train, and through the children we experience the horrors of postwar Japan.

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Laughing Wolf, which won the 2001 Osaragi Jiro Prize and was selected by the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP), an initiative of the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan, is set in the immediate years of postwar Japan. We follow the exploits of two children as they traverse the country by train. Through the children we experience the horrors of postwar Japan. Interspersed throughout are newspaper clippings of serial killers, packs of wild dogs attacking and killing humans, and boats sinking with hundreds of passengers aboard after running into mines never retrieved from the water. It makes for compelling reading on what war-torn Japan was like, and it could be used in history classes as well as literature classes.
Tsushima Yuko is the pen name of Tsushima Satoko, an acclaimed contemporary Japanese fiction writer, essayist, and critic. Her accolades include: the Noma Prize for New Writers in 1979, the Kawabata Prize in 1983 for her short story "Danmari ichi" (The Silent Traders), the Tanizaki and Noma Prizes in 1998 for her novel Hi no yama—yamazaruki (Mountain of Fire: Account of a Wild Monkey), and the Osaragi Jiro Prize in 2001 for this novel. 
 
Dennis Washburn is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College. Among his numerous works, the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan has also published Studies in Modern Japanese Literature: Essays and Translations in Honor of Edwin McClellan (edited with Alan Tansman, 1997), The Shade of Blossoms by Ooka Shohei (translator, 1998), Shanghai by Yokomitsu Riichi (translator, 2001), and A Wife in Musashino by Ooka Shohei (translator, 2004).

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 248pp.

  • Paper
  • 2011
  • Available
  • 978-1-929280-69-8

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