Nogami Yaeko's novel The Labyrinth deals with the doubts and dilemmas of leftwing intellectuals before and during World War II. Rich in social detail and profound in its psychology, it follows the political and sentimental evolution of the protagonist Kanno Shōzō from a humiliating recantation of his socialist creed to a problematic participation in Japan's war against China. Nogami Yaeko (1885-1985) was Japan's longest-lived woman writer and has an assured place in the history of Japanese fiction. Winner of the prestigious Nomiuri prize, The Labyrinth was immediately recognized as a major critical contribution to the understanding of Japanese political and intellectual history.
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|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
A prolific and long-lived novelist, Nogami Yaeko (1885-1985) is noted for her historical fiction and for her left-wing stance in the postwar period. Among her major works, Oishi Yoshio (1926) takes a critical look at the samurai tradition and Hideyoshi and Rikyu (1963) examines the tense relation between the artist and his tyrant patron. The Labyrinth (1958) is her most ambitious novel.Maya Mortimer (Ph.D. Geneva, 2000) has taught at the universities of Zürich and Fribourg (Switzerland). She has published a study of the Shirakaba group, Meeting the Sensei: the Role of the Master in Shirakaba Writers (Brill, 2000).Anthony Mortimer (Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 1971) is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He has published translations from Italian (Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo, Pirandello), French (Villon) and German (Angelus Silesius).