Japan's first modern novel: Ukigumo of Futabatei Shimei. Translation and critical commentary by Marleigh Grayer Ryan.

; Futabatei, Shimei, 1864-1909. Ukigumo ; 二葉亭四迷, 1864-1909. 浮雲. English
New York, Columbia University Press, 1967.

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Other Authors Futabatei, Shimei, 1864-1909.
Subjects Futabatei, Shimei, 1864-1909. Ukigumo.
Japan -- Fiction.
Japan.
Ukigumo (Futabatei, Shimei)
Series Columbia University. East Asian Institute.
UNESCO collection of representative works. Japanese series.
Description xvi, 381 pages 24 cm.
Copyright Date 1967.
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 357-365).
Summary This book was published in Japanese in 1887. Based on the story of four very ordinary characters, "Ukigumo" is a realistic portrayal of emerging modern Japan. Just as Meiji-era Japan was struggling with the positions of it's non-shogun classes, characters Bunzo and Noboru work together in cushy government positions, however soon Bunzo is laid off while the boss-schmoozing Noboru retains his job. As Meiji-era Japan was becoming increasingly educated to Western ideals, daughter Osei is caught between studying for her English classes and her mother Omasa's attempts to arrange a traditional marriage for Osei. Reflecting the old and new of Meiji-era Japan, characters appear in traditional dress in one scene and in Western clothes in the next. Bunzo struggles to find work and Osei drops English classes in order to take up knitting. The Japanese word "ukigumo" means "floating clouds" which is precisely what it seems these characters really are as they drift through life. --Pamela S. at Amazon.com.
Contents Futabatei's early life and education -- Tsubouchi Shōyō and Futabatei: The emergence of the modern novel -- Writing Ukigumo and translating Turgenev -- Futabatei's definition of realism and the superflous hero -- Ukigumo: Part 1 -- Part 2 -- Part 3.
Genre Fiction.
Geographic Area Japan
Network Numbers (OCoLC)327151
(OCoLC)ocm00327151
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Ryan, Marleigh Grayer.
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