Before the Dawn

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University of Hawaii Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 798 pages
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An historical novel portrays the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate and the changes in Japanese life after the arrival of Commodore Perry.

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Big! Very un-Western. Shows a whole society. Forward and glossary are also interesting. Took me almost a year to read but worth it. Read full review

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Have just begun reading this massive tome, reputed to be one of the greatest works of historical fiction in all of world literature. That's all. So far, it's living up to its reputation, especially ... Read full review

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Poet and novelist Shimazaki Toson was raised on an old mountain road well-traveled in feudal Japan. As a young man, he lived in Tokyo, then retreated to the northern city of Sendai and lived in Paris during World War I. The poetry of Shimazaki's youth was inspired by the English romanticists. Written in a new, freer style, it set off a movement that eventually liberated Japanese verse from the dominance of tanka andhaiku. As a novelist, Shimazaki is perhaps best known for The Family (1911), acclaimed as a masterpiece of naturalistic fiction. His complex writing is passionate in its attention to the human dimension of abstract ideological clashes during turbulent historical transitions.

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