Christopher Harding - Japan Story (In Search of a Nation) (2nd Hand Hardback)
This is a fresh and surprising account of Japan's culture from the 'opening up' of the country in the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
It is told through the eyes of people who greeted this change not with the confidence and grasping ambition of Japan's modernisers and nationalists, but with resistance, conflict, distress.
We encounter writers of dramas, ghost stories and crime novels where modernity itself is the tragedy, the ghoul and the bad guy; surrealist and avant-garde artists sketching their escape; rebel kamikaze pilots and the put-upon urban poor; hypnotists and gangsters; men in desperate search of the eternal feminine and feminists in search of something more than state-sanctioned subservience; Buddhists without morals; Marxist terror groups; couches full to bursting with the psychological fall-out of breakneck modernisation.
These people all sprang from the soil of modern Japan, but their personalities and projects failed to fit. They were 'dark blossoms': both East-West hybrids and home-grown varieties that wreathed, probed and sometimes penetrated the new structures of mainstream Japan.
- Format : Standard Thick 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Condition : As New
- Category : Non-Fiction - The Rest of The World
- Published : 2018 (Allen Lane / Penguin Random House - 1st Ed. / 1st Printing)
- ISBN : 9780241296486
- SKU : B001339
- PPC : SP780gm
- RRP : £25 (Unclipped)
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
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'How much I admired it, what a lot I learned from it and, above all, how very much I enjoyed it . . . Masterly.' - Neil MacGregor.
Christopher Harding is a cultural historian of modern India and Japan, lecturer in Asian history at the University of Edinburgh, broadcaster and journalist. His series on culture and mental health, The Borders of Sanity, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service in 2016.