In Light of Shadows: More Gothic Tales by Izumi Kyoka

Paperback: $18.00
ISBN-13: 9780824828943
Published: October 2004

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192 pages | illus.
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  • About the Book
  • In Light of Shadows is the long-awaited second volume of short fiction by the Meiji-Taishô writer Izumi Kyôka. It includes the famous novella Uta andon (A story by lantern light), the bizarre, antipsychological story “Mayu kakushi no rei” (A quiet obsession), and Kyôka’s hauntingly erotic final work, “Rukôshinsô” (The heartvine), as well as critical discussions of each of these three tales. Translator Charles Inouye places Kyôka’s “literature of shadows” (kage no bungaku) within a worldwide gothic tradition even as he refines its Japanese context. Underscoring Kyôka’s relevance for a contemporary international audience, Inouye adjusts Tanizaki Jun’ichirô’s evaluation of Kyôka as the most Japanese of authors by demonstrating how the writer’s paradigm of the suffering heroine can be linked to his exposure to Christianity, to a beautiful American woman, and to the aesthetic of blood sacrifice.

    In Light of Shadows masterfully conveys the magical allusiveness and elliptical style of this extraordinary writer, who Mishima Yukio called “the only genius of modern Japanese letters.”

  • About the Author(s)
    • Kyoka Izumi, Author

    • Charles Shirō Inouye, Translator

      Charles Shirō Inouye is professor of Japanese at Tufts University.
    • Charles Shirō Inouye, Translator

      Charles Shirō Inouye is professor of Japanese at Tufts University.