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The Prison Memoirs of a Japanese Woman (Foremother Legacies)

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ISBN-13: 978-0873328029
ISBN-10: 0873328027
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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Mikiso Hane (1922-2003) was Szold Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
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Product Details

  • Series: Foremother Legacies
  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (September 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873328027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873328029
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I originally had to read this book for a Japanese History class, and found it incredible. In the 1930's it was standard practice to take a written confession from prisoners before execution, but this one stood out and has survived to the present day for its insight and honesty. This is a person who, after unthinkable suffering acheived not only complete self-realization but the ability to communicate it to others. It's also facinating because, despite so much spilt ink about understanding the conservative Japanese psyche, this is one of the only non-fiction works which effectively and honestly tackles communal mentality and social hierarcy without over-complicating the issue. But beyond that, it is an incredible story not unlike a true-to-life Japanese version of Ellison's Invisible Man. It is a crime that this book is not well known.
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