Rough Living
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184pp. February 2001
Rough Living
Author: Tokuda Shusei; Translator: Torrance, Richard;
Humorous and poignant, Rough Living (Arakure) follows the fortunes of an ambitious young seamstress, Oshima, as she strives to survive and prosper in Meiji Japan. Written in 1915 by Tokuda Shusei (1872-1943), the great chronicler of Japan's working
"For all their wrongheadedness, the way Shusei's people behave in this remarkable novel seems intuitively right. Today, reading about Oshima's vanished world, one can't help but feel, 'Yes, that's the way it was.'" --The Daily Yomiuri, 27 May 2001<
Author: Tokuda Shusei; Translator: Torrance, Richard;
Richard Torrance is associate professor of Japanese at Ohio State University. He is the author of The Fiction of Tokuda Shusei and the Emergence of Japan's New Middle Class.
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