The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa
"Freedman and Richie bring to the non-Japanese reading public the chance to read a heretofore untranslated work by Nobel-prizewinner Yasunari ... Show synopsis "Freedman and Richie bring to the non-Japanese reading public the chance to read a heretofore untranslated work by Nobel-prizewinner Yasunari Kawabata, one of Japan's most famous modern authors. "The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa" is a revealing recreation of the rough and racy atmosphere of Tokyo called Asakusa during the late 1920s and early 30s, and it is quite different from notions of aestheticized Japan often associated with Kawabata's other work. The translator is to be commended for turning an idiosyncratic and difficult text into compelling English."--Liza Dalby, author of "Geisha" "Kawabata is an important writer in world literature, best known for delicate, sometimes other-worldly novels like "Snow Country. The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa" shows another side of the writer, which is experimental and most definitely of this world. Nevertheless, one can see aspects of the novelist--especially his relationship to women and their (in his eyes) short-lived physical beauty--which would be developed and refined in his later work. The book also evokes aspects of urban Japan at the end of the 1920s better than anything else I have read. Donald Richie's introduction is a great asset to the book."--Theodore W. Goossen, editor of "The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories"