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Recipient of the Award for Distinction from The Japan Translators Association
One of the great figures of contemporary Japanese literature.... [This] collection of twenty-three stories and essays is a perceptive outsider's view of American people (particularly the new immigrant classes),places, and customs, and a sharp-eyed tour of the world's fairs, concert halls, college campuses, saloons, and red-light districts of pre-First World War United States.
Elegant... the language is delicate and many and many images could have been lifted from haiku.... Kafu's work was very sophisticated for its time, and today is eminently readable as entertainment and as the adventures of a young man searching for points of connection between Japan and the West.
In a style that is lean and powerful, this Japanese novelist and short-story writer opens a door to early-1900s America that is riveting, poignant, and painful.... Kafu is brilliant at evoking the strange convocation of two cultures.
Inventive, surprisingly fresh... Kafu's observations are sharp, insightful, and even funny.... American Stories is a strong work, well worth the read.
|Night Talk in a Cabin||1|
|A Return Through the Meadow||9|
|Atop the Hill||18|
|The Inebriated Beauty||34|
|Spring and Autumn||55|
|Lodging on a Snowy Night||67|
|In the Woods||74|
|Ladies of the Night||119|
|Two Days in Chicago||158|
|The Sea in Summer||171|
|Midnight at a Bar||182|
|Chronicle of Chinatown||195|
|A June Night's Dream||210|
|A Night at Seattle Harbor||228|