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Cape, The

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Cape, The
And Other Stories from the Japanese Ghetto
by: Kenji Nakagami and Translated by Eve Zimmerman
 
An award-winning translation of the classic novella about the Japanese ghetto
 
Price : US$14.95
 
ISBN: 978-1-933330-43-3
200 pp, paper, 5.25 x 7.50", 1 chart
Translated by Eve Zimmerman

"Zimmerman's confident translation....is an excellent point of entry into two of the main lines along which Nakagami's writing would evolve: the family saga of Akiyuki and stories saturated with sexual obsession. In this strikingly designed paperback, Stone Bridge Press has allowed Zimmerman to back her translations with a preface, an eloquent afterword and a short biographical sketch. There is as well a helpful genealogical chart, an eloquent visualization of this rare author's circuitry of family romance as family despair."
—The New York Times


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In gritty language and stark detail, Nakagami depicts the burakumin, an outcaste class. "The Cape" is a breakthrough novella about a burakumin community and their struggles with complicated family histories, troubled memories, violence, suicide, and rape. Here is a Japan virtually unknown in the West, but all too familiar. This volume also includes "House on Fire" and "Red Hair."

Kenji Nakagami (1946–92) was a prolific writer admired for his vigorous prose style. In 1976, he won the Akutagawa Prize for "The Cape." He was the first novelist born after World War II to receive the prestigious prize.

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