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Floating Clouds (Japanese Studies Series) Hardcover – 3 Mar 2006

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (3 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231136285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231136280
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 720,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lane Dunlop's superb translation of Fumiko Hayashi's most celebrated postwar novel presents a striking portrait of a woman struggling amidst the social dislocations of the era. Floating Clouds captures the sense of rupture that pervaded personal trajectories and reflects the capacity of individuals to reconstruct hope and meaning among the debris of broken dreams.--Joan Ericson, Colorado College, author of Be a Woman: Hayashi Fumiko and Modern Japanese Women's Literature

Floating Clouds, one of Fumiko Hayashi's late masterpieces, draws from the store of her own remarkable experiences in its depiction of the chaotic, uncertain, wounded worlds of postwar Japan. With a poignantly simple prose style, gracefully translated by Lane Dunlop, she captures the tumult of the time, the arrogance of colonialism, and the impotence of defeat.--Rebecca Copeland, Washington University in St. Louis, author of Lost Leaves: Women Writers of Meiji Japan

A remarkable book.--Scott Bryan Wilson "Rain Taxi "

A sprawling portrait of Japan just after the end of World War II... Lane Dunlop's translation is excellent.--Janine Beichman "The Japan Journal "

[A] powerful and moving work.--M.A.Orthofer "The Complete Review "

About the Author

Fumiko Hayashi (1904-1951) was a novelist, poet, and short story writer both critically and popularly loved in Japan. Widely heralded as one of the most important Japanese novelists of the twentieth century, she is also the author of the novel Horoki. Lane Dunlop is also the translator of the anthology A Late Chrysanthemum: Twenty-One Stories from the Japanese, two novellas by Nagai Kafu, and a short story collection by Kawabata Yasunari. He was awarded an Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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