Freedom is a great thing, but it comes at a cost: this contemporary theme is explored in this novel set in 1950s Tokyo. The story unfolds among the lives of ordinary people, from the former aristocrat to the humble hobo, in the period between defeat under the militarist regime and reconstruction under a U.S. Occupation-controlled "democratic" order. A keen observer of both sexes, Shishi creates characterizations that go beyond their cultural milieu, evoking universal human impulses. The novel is both refreshing and revealing in its dismissal of gender stereotyping, as well as in its depiction of the people of Tokyo pulling themselves out of the chaos of war.
Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.
French, Arabic, English