Lake of Heaven: An original translation of the Japanese novel by Ishimure Michiko by Bruce AllenLake of Heaven: An original translation of the Japanese novel by Ishimure Michiko by Bruce Allen

Lake of Heaven: An original translation of the Japanese novel by Ishimure Michiko

Translated byBruce Allen

Paperback | October 7, 2008

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Lake of Heaven is the story of a traditional mountain village in Japan that is destroyed in the process of constructing a dam. It tells of the lives of the displaced villagers as they struggle to retain their traditional culture_including their stories, dances, music, mythology, and dreams_in the face of displacement, environmental destruction, and rapid modernization. Although fictional, the work is rooted in the events of actual villages in the mountains of Kyushu and Ishimure's imaginative reconstructions of their people's tales. Lake of Heaven considerably stretches the familiar Western conceptions of the novel form. Its interweaving of local stories, dreams, and myths lends it a deep sense of the Noh Drama. Gary Snyder writes that Lake of Heaven is 'a remarkable text of mythopoetic quality_with a Noh flavor_that presents much of the ancient lore of Japan and the lore of the spirit world.' The story becomes a parable for the larger world, 'in which all of our old cultures and all of our old villages are becoming buried, sunken, and lost under the rising waters of the dams of industrialization and globalization.'
Bruce Allen is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, School of Medicine, Juntendo University, Japan.
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Title:Lake of Heaven: An original translation of the Japanese novel by Ishimure MichikoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 9.1 × 6.08 × 1.02 inPublished:October 7, 2008Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0739124633

ISBN - 13:9780739124635

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Translator's Introduction Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 1. Birds Leaving Chapter 4 2. Oki No Miya Chapter 5 3. Moonshadow Bridge Chapter 6 4. Water Mirror Chapter 7 5. Secret Song Chapter 8 6. Delicate Flowers

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With the advent of these translations of Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow and , one of the great literary figures of contemporary Japan, who is also one of the heroes of local resistance to corporate pollution becomes available to Anglophone readers..Students come away with another history of industrial development and environmental damage that parallels and diverges from that of other First World countries. At the same time, the great emotional power of Ishimure's writing gives them a sense of connection to individuals and cultures that might otherwise alienate them. Through her combination of research, protest, and empathy, Ishimure provides a fine model of the writer as activist and the artist as defender.