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Autumn Wind and Other Stories (Tuttle Classics) Paperback – June 15, 2007
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Each tale is a product of its time. "The Fox" (1909), by Nagai Kafu, features a childhood memory as a starting point for the sadness of the encroaching modernization of Japan, and the vanishing of the beautiful past. "Flash Storm" (1916), by Satomi Ton is one of my favorites, a sexually-charged tale of social barriers and the contest between lust and propriety. "One Woman and the War" (1946) by Sakaguchi Ango is a cynical look at the final days of WWII from the point of view of the savaging poor, but is surprisingly light-hearted. "Borneo Diamond" (1951) by Hayashi Fumiko tells the story of a war-prostitute lured to Borneo by lies. The lead story, "Autumn Wind" (1939) by Nakayama Gishu deserves its honors, telling the story of a charming low-class prostitute and the group of lumberjacks who fall in love with her, much to the disgust of the wealthier classes who consider them human garbage, incapable of such delicate feelings. Another jewel of the collection, "Along the Mountain Ridge" (1956) by Kita Morio is a haunting tale of high mountains, that might possibly be a ghost story depending on how you read it.
None of the stories are very long, but all of them are worth reading. People unfamiliar with Japanese literature might find the style confusing, as they rarely follow plot lines, and few have what might be called a satisfying ending. Instead, each story whispers away, leaving a feeling of loss and contemplation, and mournful beauty.