A Flock of Swirling Crows: and Other Proletarian Writings
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272pp. January 2005
A Flock of Swirling Crows: and Other Proletarian Writings
Author: Kuroshima Denji; Translator: Cipris, Zeljko (Jake);
Why is education potentially subversive? How does ethnocentrism facilitate an oppressive status quo? Who actually benefits from war? Questions such as these were integral to the work of writer Kuroshima Denji (1898-1943), one of modern Japan’s most dedicated antimilitarist intellectuals.

Kuroshima was wholeheartedly committed to fundamental change and produced numerous literary works expressing his passionate opposition to armed force as an instrument of imperialism. His only full-length novel, superbly translated here as Militarized Streets, was censored by both Japan’s imperial government and the U.S. occupation authorities. The present volume comprises much of Kuroshima’s most highly acclaimed work for the first time in English.

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"Zeljko Cipris has made a major contribution to the study of 20th-century Japanese literature with his outstanding translation of the works of this little-remembered ‘proletarian’ author of the 1920s. . . . An amazing, revelatory book, as exciting as the discovery of a long-forgotten newsreel." —Daily Yomiuri, May 22, 2005
Author: Kuroshima Denji; Translator: Cipris, Zeljko (Jake);
Read the introduction (PDF).
Preface

Introduction

The Telegram

A Herd of Pigs

The Sugar Thief

Their Lives

Siberia in the Snow

The Sleigh

A Flock of Swirling Crows

The Hole

Land Rising and Falling

The Cape

Militarized Streets

Bibliography




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