The Shooting Gallery & Other Stories

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New Directions Publishing, 1997 - Fiction - 138 pages
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Eight stories by one of Japan's most important women authors concern the struggles of women in a repressive society. An unwed mother introduces her children to their father . . . A woman confronts the "other woman". . . A young single mother resents her children . . . These stories touch on universal themes of passion and jealousy, motherhood's joys and sorrows, and the tug-of-war between responsibility and entrapment.

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Tsushima has been honored in her ) native Japan for her fiction. One novel ( Child of Fortune ) has been translated, but this is her first collection of short stories to appear in English. These eight ... Read full review


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First published while a student, Tsushima was immediately well received and continues to write novels and short stories prolifically. Her works are characterized by themes of childhood innocence (from memories of her relationship with her retarded brother) and of the emotional barrenness of family life. Tsushima is the daughter of Dazai Osamu.

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