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Engaging Banality : Stories of the Salaried Life (Hardcover) (Kuroi Senji)

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Tillack presents this first English translation of three well-known and many-times-reprinted stories in Japanese written by award-winning author Kuroi Senji (1932-)--“Hole and Sky” (1968), “Time” (1969), and “Running Family” (1970). A member of the “introspective generation” of Japanese writers whose works depict the thoughts of ordinary Japanese, his ethos can be seen as evolving through a juxtaposition of leftist student activism superseded by white collar corporate employment--not unusual for middle-class, university-educated men of his generation. The author of “business novels,” he worked as a salary man at Fuji Heavy Industries, one of the pillars of postwar Japan’s economic resurgence from 1955 to 1970. His focus later shifted toward family dynamics and suburban life. He has written prolifically up to the present and has received many awards. By the mid-1960s Kuroi became convinced that the corporation was a “distillation” of contemporary society, for it was here that he found the contradictions of that society in their most concentrated form. In an essay written a year after resigning from the corporate world to write full-time, he claimed that driving his decision was a “hunger for honest labor.” Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 155
Genre: Literary Criticism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Kuroi Senji
Language: English
Street Date: June 21, 2017
TCIN: 52797699
UPC: 9789004339606
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-6845
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