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Text: English (translation) Original Language: Japanese
About the Author
Yasushi Inoue was born in 1907 on the northern island of Hokkaido and grew up on Japans historic Izu Peninsula to the south of Tokyo. He is the most prolific of the new Japanese writers to come into prominence in the period during and after WWII.
I have read other books by Yasushi Inoue, and consider him an exquisite writer, so whenever I see a book of his I have not yet read, I try to get it. The one I still love best, and consider a masterpiece in every possible way (and read many, many years ago) is "The Hunting Gun". If you like action-loaded books, he (as many other Japanese writers of his generation) is not for you; his is a lyrical, introverted prose, shining a brooding, slow-moving spot of light around subtle, delicate shifts in the moods (and realities) of his characters; and, to appreciate him better, some familiarity with Japanese mores and esthetics will help. Then, of course, there is the problem of the translation; Japanese is notoriously difficult to translate into European languages, and every single translation I read bore a comment from the translator to this effect. But I don't know Japanese, so I just enjoyed the book in English.
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