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Inhaltsangabe: The Japanese novel often reads like a diary: a daily record of a private world. A Mature Woman breaks that mold. This is a story about real life by a master of the art of serving up serious ideas in appetizing ways. The only Japanese writer to win Britain's Independent Foreign Fiction Award, Maruya was hailed by Western critics as "a comic genius" when his work was first published in English.
A Mature Woman struck an immediate chord in Japan, selling almost half a million copies in its first year and going on to become a hit at the box office as well. The central character, a strong-willed single woman, works in the male-dominated environment of a major daily newspaper. One of her editorials angers a powerful supporter of the ruling political party, and the government leans on her to keep her mouth shut. Far from bowing to the pressure, the woman retaliates, calling on a network of friends and relatives, including a fellow journalist with writer's block and an actress with mysterious ties to the prime minister himself.
The result is a slyly accurate picture of contemporary Japan that not only illuminates the role of women in the 1990s but cheerfully exposes bribery and coercion at the highest levels, and treats us to the kind of brilliant gossip that makes a novel hard to put down.
Über den Autor: Saiichi Maruya (b. 1925) was a professor of English literature before becoming a fulltime writer some twenty years ago. His Joyce research is famous, but he has also translated a number of Graham Greene's "entertainments" into Japanese. What probably most affected him as a writer, in fact, was the way the modern English novel could be serious in a light, amusing manner. His novel Singular Rebellion was thus an act of rebellion itself when it first appeared in 1972, going against the mainstream of Japan's sombre, confessional modern literature. Even so, it won the prestigious Tanizaki Prize for that year, and he has since won most other available awards, becoming one of his country's most eminent novelists.
The Translator: Dennis Keene, an English poet who lived and taught in Japan for many years, is known for his impressive translations of Mono Kita's House of Nire and Maruya's Singular Rebellion and Rain in the Wind, among other works of Japanese fiction.
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