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The shadow of a blue cat : a novel

Author: Naoyuki Ii; Wayne P Lammers
Publisher: Champaign [Ill.] : Dalkey Archive Press, 2011.
Series: Japanese literature series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Businessman Yuki Yajima is fifty-one years old. He and his wife, Asako, are the parents of two daughters: Ryo, seventeen, and Yuka, an infant of only two months. Asking himself why he's allowed himself to become a father again at his age, Yuki begins to remember his uncle, who died quite young--younger, indeed than Yuki is now. Thinking of this man, whom the young Yuki idolized, and who first introduced the boy to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction, Japanese
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Naoyuki Ii; Wayne P Lammers
ISBN: 9781564786418 1564786412
OCLC Number: 668193888
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: 270 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: The blue cat / by Sakutaro Hagiwara (p. [273]).
Series Title: Japanese literature series.
Other Titles: Aoneko kazoku tentenroku.
Responsibility: Naoyuki Ii ; translated by Wayne P. Lammers.

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Businessman Yuki Yajima is fifty-one years old. He and his wife, Asako, are the parents of two daughters: Ryo, seventeen, and Yuka, an infant of only two months. Asking himself why he's allowed himself to become a father again at his age, Yuki begins to remember his uncle, who died quite young--younger, indeed than Yuki is now. Thinking of this man, whom the young Yuki idolized, and who first introduced the boy to authors like Kenzaburo Oe and the Marquis de Sade, serves as a strange tipping point: allowing a sense of chaos and complexity back into his otherwise well-heeled life. A rare work of fiction focused simply on a man of integrity, The Shadow of a Blue Cat meticulously renders his life and opinions as Yuki tries to find a middle path between the radicalism of his uncle's life and the quiet bourgeois home he's worked so hard to build.

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