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Author Noma, Hiroshi, 1915-1991.

Title "Dark pictures" and other stories / Noma Hiroshi ; translated and with an afterword by James Raeside.

Published Ann Arbor, Mich. : Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  895.635 NOMA MF30    AVAILABLE
Physical description 177 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Michigan monograph series in Japanese studies ; no. 30.
Michigan monograph series in Japanese studies ; no. 30.
Contents Dark pictures -- Feeling of disintegration -- Red moon in her face.
Summary Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies No. 30 The short stories that Noma Hiroshi produced in the years of confusion and self-questioning after World War II struck a deep response in his readers. In the three stories contained here--"Dark Pictures," "A Feeling of Disintegration," and "A Red Moon in Her Face"--the main characters are all young men who have lived through the war but have emerged far from unscathed. In "Dark Pictures"--probably the most famous of Noma's stories--the protagonist thinks back to his last meeting with his university friends before they were all arrested. The "dark pictures" of the title refer to paintings and engravings by Brueghel, which the protagonist and his friends had viewed together. The miseries depicted in Brueghel's work seem in retrospect to encapsulate all the miseries the main character has suffered since seeing his friends: persecution, self-doubt, sexual anxiety, warfare, imprisonment, bombardment, and the miseries of life in Japan after the defeat. The other two stories are set in the postwar world of black marketeers and bombsites, but they too concern young men whose universal anxieties about sexual desires and their place in the world are overshadowed by memories of the brutality of war. Influenced by symbolism and the techniques of European modernists, Noma's writing will seem both familiar and eerie to Western readers. These translations offer for the first time the chance for English readers to appreciate the work of this difficult and haunting writer.
Other author Raeside, James, 1957-
Subject Noma, Hiroshi, 1915-1991 -- Translations into English.
Noma, Hiroshi, 1915-1991.
ISBN 0939512025 (cloth : alk. paper)
0939512033 (paperback: alk. paper)