Sound of the Wind: The Life and Works of Uno Chiyo

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Fashion ingenue, magazine editor, kimono designer, femme fatale, prize-winning writer--Uno Chiyo has become one of twentieth-century Japan's most accomplished and celebrated women. In this two-part volume, Rebecca L. Copeland offers Western readers a fascinating portrait of Uno's life along with translations of three of her distinctive works of short fiction. Part One depicts Uno's sometimes turbulent passage from obscurity in a small village to national literary prominence. There are the early years under her father's stern tutelage; the first scandalous, failed romance which cost her her job as a schoolteacher; her apprenticeship at Enrakuken, the coffee shop of the literary elite whose ranks she later joined as a resident of the "Magome Literati Village"; her series of passionate and troubled relationships and marriages. Throughout, Dr. Copeland focuses on the evolution of Uno's art and discusses her major works, paying special attention to the effect being female had on Uno's development as a writer. The three stories in Part Two are examples of Uno's work at its finest. "The Puppet Maker" (1942), a much-admired reflection on art and life, describes an encounter with a venerable carver of puppets. "The Sound of the Wind" (1969) is the tale of a wife at the turn of the century who willingly denies her own needs. "This Powder Box" (1966) shows a progressive career woman coming to terms with an old love affair. At once compelling and lyrical, the stories are a masterful interpretation of tradition, of women, and of self-fulfillment. The Sound of the Wind: The Life and Works of Uno Chiyo will engage both specialists and general readers interested in twentieth-century Japan, literature, and women's issues.
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Copeland presents the life and selected works of Uno Chiyo, born in 1897 and still writing today. The biographical section gives a fascinating portrait of an unconventional woman who shocked society with her three marriages and numerous love affairs, described quite faithfully in her short stories, novellas, and novels. Winner of some of Japan's most prestigious literary awards, Uno was also a successful magazine publisher ( Style ) and continues to design kimonos. The three translations span decades of Uno's writing career. ``The Puppet Maker'' (1942) is a journalistic account of the life of a masterful octogenarian bunraku puppet maker. ``The Sound of the Wind'' (1969) is the story of a woman wed at age 16 to the profligate son of a rich provincial family who moves his mistress into their home. ``The Powder Box'' (1967), the most autobiographical of the selections, recounts Uno's life with the painter Togo Seiji, whom she met soon after his famous failed attempt to commit double ``love suicide'' with a young woman from a prominent family. This is truly engrossing reading that gives insight into Uno's writing and her life as a modern woman in traditional Japan.-- D.E. Perushek, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
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Includes translations of The Puppet Maker, The Sound of the Wind, and This Powder Box by Uno Chiyo. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824814090
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Life
1 A Spartan Beginning 3
2 "Painted Face" 16
3 The Magome Literati Village 27
4 Confessions of Love 40
5 Style 55
6 Botticelli's Venus 67
7 I Will Go On Living 78
Chronology of Important Dates 87
Bibliography of Significant Works by Uno Chiyo 89
Pt. 2 The Works
The Puppet Maker 105
The Sound of the Wind 138
This Powder Box 208
Notes 237
Select Bibliography 247
Index 257
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