Japan Story

MP3 CD
(1 CD)
Product Number: MPCD3828
Released: Dec 01, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780141990477
Narrator(s): Christopher Harding
Publisher: W F Howes
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This story is told through the eyes of people who greeted this change not with the confidence and grasping ambition of Japan's modernizers and nationalists, but with resistance, conflict, distress. We encounter writers of dramas, ghost stories and crime novels where modernity itself is the tragedy, the ghoul and the bad guy; surrealist and avant-garde artists sketching their escape; rebel kamikaze pilots and the put-upon urban poor; hypnotists and gangsters; men in desperate search of the eternal feminine and feminists in search of something more than state-sanctioned subservience; Buddhists without morals; Marxist terror groups; couches full to bursting with the psychological fall-out of breakneck modernization. These people all sprang from the soil of modern Japan, but their personalities and projects failed to fit. They were 'dark blossoms': both East-West hybrids and home-grown varieties that wreathed, probed and sometimes penetrated the new structures of mainstream Japan.

Author(s): Christopher Harding
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2018

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Author(s): Christopher Harding
Narrator(s): Christopher Harding
Product Number OB12263
Released: Nov 01, 2018
Business Term: OBOU Purchase
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: #9780141989365
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Author(s): Christopher Harding
Narrator(s): Christopher Harding
Product Number CX4902
Released: Dec 01, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: W F Howes
ISBN: #9780141990460

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"This is a fresh and surprising account of Japan's culture from the 'opening up' of the country in the mid-nineteenth century to the present."

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