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Bullfight (Pushkin Collection) Paperback – 12 Sep 2013
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Intense, brilliantly paced narrative...Inoue's masterful novella triumphs through a series of perceptive character studies. It is a wonderful book, ironic yet sympathetic, and the perspective cleverly shifts between the players and their expectations, some complex, some relatively simple (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)
Superb... a straightforward depiction of urban life expands into a rich, philosophical exploration of human agency and choice... Pushkin Press has performed a valuable service in making this great work available in English (Independent on Sunday)
Perfection is the only word to describe this subtle tale of a plan to host a bullfight in a Japan still battered by the second World War (Eileen Battersby Irish Times)
A disarmingly simple tale of ambition and entrepreneurial daring... written in tight, confident prose... Pushkin's exquisitely produced edition provides readers of English with long-overdue access to an important Japanese voice. There are plans to publish more... If Bullfight is any guide, what follows should be well worth the wait (David Pilling Financial Times)
Rich with imagery and meaning that few novels manage today (Chris Corker Japan Society)
About the Author
Born in 1907, Yasushi Inoue worked as a journalist and literary editor for many years, only beginning his prolific career as an author in 1949 with Bullfight. He went on to publish 50 novels and 150 short stories, both historical and contemporary, his work making him one of Japan's major literary figures. In 1976 Inoue was presented with the Order of Culture, the highest honour granted for artistic merit in Japan. He died in 1991.
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Far from his usual Historical non-fiction tropes, this early novella brings him on par with Hemingway and Dos Passos.