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Phantom Lights and Other Stories by Miyamoto Teru Paperback – Sep 2 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Kurodahan Press (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4902075423
  • ISBN-13: 978-4902075427
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #515,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts of the Past Feb. 26 2013
By Tony's Reading List - Published on
Format: Paperback
I hadn't heard of Teru Miyamoto before reading this collection, but he is a well-known (and popular) writer back in Japan, one who won the Akutagawa Prize. 'Phantom Lights' is a nice introduction to his work, consisting of eight stories written mostly in the 1980s, many of which are fairly autobiographical.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars evocative and heartbreaking Dec 9 2015
By whj - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is an example of superb storytelling, full of surprises and quiet revelations of human emotions. Some stories, phantom lights, for example, are elegiac and of profound human sensitivity, and others are beautiful, heartbreaking and unforgettable lamentations of human soul. The stories are amazing, I was utterly amazed and touched and left me wondering in awe, how such quiet, simple writing can be so powerfully evocative. He is a master, indeed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful short stories Oct. 22 2014
By S. N. Rivera Burgos - Published on
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Beautiful short stories. Everyone's feelings, simple, deep in our hearts, colorful. Already bought Kinshu to delight myself very soon. I also like his film Moboroshi, Nobody Knows ... i love Miyamoto Teru's sensitivity and the ways he tells it.

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