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In Light of Shadows : More Gothic Tales by Izumi Kyoka
by Kyoka Izumi and Charles Shirō Inouye




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In Light of Shadows is the long-awaited second volume of short fiction by the Meiji-Taish writer Izumi Ky ka. It includes the famous novella Uta andon (A story by lantern light), the bizarre, antipsychological story Mayu kakushi no rei (A quiet obsession), and Ky ka's hauntingly erotic final work, Ruk shins (The heartvine), as well as critical discussions of each of these three tales. Translator Charles Inouye places Ky ka's literature of shadows (kage no bungaku) within a worldwide gothic tradition even as he refines its Japanese context. Underscoring Ky ka's relevance for a contemporary international audience, Inouye adjusts Tanizaki Jun'ichir 's evaluation of Ky ka as the most Japanese of authors by demonstrating how the writer's paradigm of the suffering heroine can be linked to his exposure to Christianity, to a beautiful American woman, and to the aesthetic of blood sacrifice.

In Light of Shadows masterfully conveys the magical allusiveness and elliptical style of this extraordinary writer, who Mishima Yukio called the only genius of modern Japanese letters.

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Overview

In Light of Shadows is the long-awaited second volume of short fiction by the Meiji-Taish writer Izumi Ky ka. It includes the famous novella Uta andon (A story by lantern light), the bizarre, antipsychological story Mayu kakushi no rei (A quiet obsession), and Ky ka's hauntingly erotic final work, Ruk shins (The heartvine), as well as critical discussions of each of these three tales. Translator Charles Inouye places Ky ka's literature of shadows (kage no bungaku) within a worldwide gothic tradition even as he refines its Japanese context. Underscoring Ky ka's relevance for a contemporary international audience, Inouye adjusts Tanizaki Jun'ichir 's evaluation of Ky ka as the most Japanese of authors by demonstrating how the writer's paradigm of the suffering heroine can be linked to his exposure to Christianity, to a beautiful American woman, and to the aesthetic of blood sacrifice.

In Light of Shadows masterfully conveys the magical allusiveness and elliptical style of this extraordinary writer, who Mishima Yukio called the only genius of modern Japanese letters.



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  • ISBN-13: 9780824828943
  • ISBN-10: 0824828941
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
  • Publish Date: October 2004
  • Page Count: 192
  • Dimensions: 8.36 x 5.7 x 0.49 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.61 pounds


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