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|Language Note:||Translated from the Japanese.|
|Description:||xx, 139 pages ; 21 cm|
|Contents:||I become a bunkhouse resident in the San'ya Doyagai --
A generation or so ago I would never have made it as a day laborer --
Tsukamoto-san disappears --
I realize the importance of looking after myself and begin taking walks --
I am told by a foreign migrant worker that he feels sorry for me --
I have reached the age when it is by no means odd to take stock of life.
|Other Titles:||Sanʼya gakeppuchi nikki.|
|Responsibility:||Oyama Shiro ; translated by Edward Fowler.|
After spending a short time on the streets around Shinjuku, home to Tokyo's bustling entertainment district, he moved to San'ya in 1987, at the age of forty." "Oyama acknowledges his eccentricity and his inability to adapt to corporate life. Spectacularly unsuccessful as a salaryman yet uncomfortable in his new surroundings, he portrays himself as an outsider both from mainstream society and from his adopted home. It is precisely this outsider stance, however, at once dispassionate yet deeply engaged, that caught the eye of Japanese readers."
"The book was published in Japan in 2000 after Oyama had submitted his manuscript - on a lark, he confesses - for one of Japan's top literary awards, the Kaiko Takeshi Prize. Although he was astounded actually to win the award, Oyama remained in character and elected to preserve the anonymity that has freed him from all social bonds and obligations. The Cornell edition contains a new afterword by Oyama regarding his career since his inadvertent brush with fame."--Jacket.
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