Human pathos and suffering, loneliness and isolation, fatalism and Buddhistic concepts of predestination form dominant strands in the fabric of virtually all of the writings of Yasushi Inoue. His own separation from his parents when he was a child set the pattern for the basic framework of these moods, particularly that of loneliness. The Japanese character for "loneliness" means "orphan alone." And Yasushi Inoue as a child was an orphan alone in almost every sense but the legal one.
--Leon Picon, from the introduction

In The Counterfeiter, a writer is commissioned to write the biography of a famous painter but becomes fascinated by a man who produced forgeries of the artist's work. Obasute concerns a man's obsession with a legend of old women being taken to a mountain and abandoned, and his interpretation of the actions of members of his family in light of this legend. The Full Moon is a story of company politics, particularly the rise and fall of firm's president, told largely through incidents at annual company parties.

Yasushi Inoue was born in 1907. He rose quickly to become one of Japan's most important contemporary writers, winning almost every major Japanese literary prize. Inoue died in 1991.
September 13, 2011  |  128 pages
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