The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature edited by J. Thomas Rimer and Van C. Gessel [in Bloomsbury Review]
Volume 1: From Restoration to Occupation, 1868-1945
Volume 2: From 1945 to the Present
The two volumes together offer the most comprehensive overview of modern Japanese literature available in translation. Capturing the most turbulent period of Japan – from the opening of Japan to the Western world through two world wars to the post-World War II reconstruction and reinvention of the late 20th-century Japanese psyche – this anthology offers representative fiction, poetry, drama, and essays that portray a vast landscape of change, conflict, and innovation.
Published: 2005, 2007