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The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature edited by J. Thomas Rimer and Van C. Gessel [in Bloomsbury Review]

Modern Japanese Literature 1-2

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.

Review: “Windows: Asian Literature in Translation: New & Notable Books,” The Bloomsbury Review, September/October 2007

Readers: Adult

Published: 2005, 2007


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