Phantom Lights and Other Stories by Miyamoto Teru Paperback – Sep 2 2011
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About the Author
Born in Kobe in 1947, Teru Miyamoto is one of Japan's most celebrated authors. He has received Japan's most prestigious literary distinctions, including the Osamu Dazai Prize and the Akutagawa Prize, and several of his works have been made into award-winning movies, including "Maborosi", directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Translator Roger K. Thomas is Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at Illinois State University. He has also published translations of Yashushi Inoue and Fumiko Enchi.
Translator ROGER K. THOMAS is Professor of Japanese Language and Literature at Illinois State University. He has also published translations of Inoue Yashushi and Enchi Fumiko.
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The title story is probably my favourite, mainly because it takes a step away from the author-centred focus of some of the other stories, casting a woman as the central character and spreading the action over a longer story (which leads me to think that Miyamoto's longer work might be worth checking out). The translation is generally good, although it's a shame the translator didn't try to tackle the (admittedly tricky) job of bringing across the flavour of the stories' Kansai (western Japan) setting.
An added bonus in this collection is a great introduction by the translator, giving background information about the writer and a brief commentary on some of the stories - something I'd like to see in more works of translated fiction :)
For a more in-depth review, please check out my post at Tony's Reading List.