Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy Osamu Dazai

ISBN: 9784770026101

Published: January 16th 2001


184 pages


Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy  by  Osamu Dazai

Blue Bamboo: Japanese Tales of Fantasy by Osamu Dazai
January 16th 2001 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 184 pages | ISBN: 9784770026101 | 5.39 Mb

Blue Bamboo is a collection of seven short stories by one of Japans preeminent postwar writers and prose stylists, Osamu Dazai. Not the typical romantic fantasies so often seen in Japanese writing, filled with water sprites and vengeful ghosts, these stories are a mixture of fantastic allegory, slightly skewed fables, and affecting romantic tales.

Revealing the wide range of Dazais imaginative powers, they also give a glimpse of his humane and idealistic side.From the title story, about an impoverished, henpecked scholar who is transformed by the love of a voluptuous bird, to The Chrysanthemum Spirit, about a passionate gardener who meets a brother and sister with extraordinary powers, Dazai creates a world of fantasy and romance that is infused with his own psychological concerns. Many readers may recall the poignancy of Oscar Wildes The Happy Prince or Han Christian Andersen.The collection is capped by two delightful stories-within-a-story, in which the assorted members of a quirky family compose alternate episodes of a slightly gothic romance with hints of Poe and Saki (in On Love and Beauty) and a wildly elaborate retelling of Rapunzel that is engaging, horrifying, and touching by turns (in Lanterns of Romance).All in all, these warm, inventive, and life-affirming stories will strike a deep, satisfying chord in many readers.

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