Okei

Okei

by Mitsugu Saotome
     
 

Set in the midst of samurai warfare in the mountainous region of Aizu in the late 19th century, Okei recounts the coming of age of a young peasant girl Okei, who falls desperately in love with the fierce warrior Sanasuma Kingo, only to learn that the world she inhabits has no place for love. The two live in entirely different worlds, and Okei must learn to

Overview

Set in the midst of samurai warfare in the mountainous region of Aizu in the late 19th century, Okei recounts the coming of age of a young peasant girl Okei, who falls desperately in love with the fierce warrior Sanasuma Kingo, only to learn that the world she inhabits has no place for love. The two live in entirely different worlds, and Okei must learn to understand both the nature of her hidden feelings rising within her and the arcane codes and honor system of the samurai. As the forces of the old Tugokawa order struggle to contain the imperialist army, Okei and her rural community find that exile to the New World may be their only remaining chance of survival. Epically capturing the character of a country in the midst of revolution and faced with the onset of modernity, Mitsugu Saotome’s masterful novel manages to blend vivid historical detail with a timeless tale of romance, self-discovery, and growing up.

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"With incredible historical detail from a still-mysterious era and an almost poetic text, Saotome's novel should prove to be as popular here as it already is in Japan."  —Booklist
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With incredible historical detail from a still-mysterious era and an almost poetic text, Saotome's novel should prove to be as popular here as it already is in Japan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846880704
Publisher:
Alma Books
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Mitsugu Saotome (1926–2008) is an author of historical fiction, focusing on Japan’s Warring States period and the transition from the premodern Tokugawa to the modern Meiji (1868–1912) era. He won the prestigious Naoki Prize for his 1968 Kyojin no ori (The Cage of the Traveler).

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