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Country The second part “Araki Thomas” sees Endo on familiar territory as he tells of an apostate Japanese Catholic who has visited 17th century Rome “And You Too” the third part is the story of Tanaka a Japanese scholar of French literature who visits France in the 1960s to research the life and work of the Maruis de Sad. It is made up of three short stories of Japanese men living in France for their study just after and decades after the warThe scholarship and expectation from people and the difference between the ideal self and the actual self without any talent can be overwhelming from time to time This book captures the hardship of alienation and the loss of confidence very well through the word of the introspective narrators Cheating for the Chicken Man familiar territory as he tells of an apostate Japanese Catholic who has visited 17th century Rome “And You Too” the third part is the story of Tanaka a Japanese scholar of French literature who visits France in the 1960s to research the life and work of the Maruis de Sad. It is made up of three short stories of Japanese men living in France The Last Runaway for their study just after and decades after the warThe scholarship and expectation On Tidy Endings from people and the difference between the ideal self and the actual self without any talent can be overwhelming Flat World Navigation from time to time This book captures the hardship of alienation and the loss of confidence very well through the word of the introspective narrators

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留学 Ryūgaku

In the early 1950s Shusaku Endo spent several years as an exchange student studying in Paris Around him existentialism Sartre and Beckett were making the city the literary and philosophical capital of the world But for Endo the experience was deeply alienating and he came away infected with tuberculosis his studies incomplete and. An excruciatingly shy and even asocial Japanese assistant professor comes to Paris right after World War II to complete his doctoral work on the Maruis de Sade He s one of a very small group of Japanese scholars in France since the war just ended and of course Japan and France were enemies He gets rebuffed by some French scholars who don t understand what he is doing there and why a Japanese scholar could be interested in Sade He always says the wrong thing among the few Japanese scholars who meet every evening in the bars and restaurants They unabashedly discuss the inferiority of Japanese writing to French and European masterpieces And they debate the relative pros and cons of their various literary roles poor imitators trying to write Japanese versions of European classics translators and literary critics With his poor social skills the main character stumbles over the elaborate hierarchy of Japanese culture in terms of expected deference based on age and seniority of position He always messes it up So our main characters shuns the group and is shunned by them and he ends up spending 16 hours a day in libraries and then spends his evenings all alone in his room eating stale bread dipped in wine He does have one Japanese friend another outcast by the group but that friend gets tuberculosis and leaves to go back home view spoiler as our main character eventually does as well hide spoiler

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Having convinced himself that there could be no cultural commerce between East and West Foreign Studies consists of three linked narratives exploring this theme The first part “A Summer in Rouen” concerns Kudo a Japanese student invited to France in the 1950s It is a lucent snapshot of a young man who feels adrift in a Western. A little dated as the globalised world and mass travel has changed things enormously since this was written but the reflections on not fitting in being foreign are timeless Subtle and thoughtful


10 thoughts on “留学 Ryūgaku

  1. says:

    An excruciatingly shy and even asocial Japanese assistant professor comes to Paris right after World War II to complete his doctora

  2. says:

    Foreign Studies is actually a collection of two short stories and one novel but all of them deal with the topic of studying abroad specifically in France And since it's Endo I picked it up as soon as I saw itThe first story is 'A Summer in Roa

  3. says:

    This for me wasn't the best of Endo's novels although it contains the similar theme of the great divide between eastern and western

  4. says:

    This is very introspective and sad like a lot of Japanese literature I've read There were moments in this book where I felt that the author had captured a feeling perfectly or created a tone extremely well I very much enjoyed it Would have given it five stars but I found the second of the three stories pretty uninteresting

  5. says:

    A little dated as the globalised world and mass travel has changed things enormously since this was written but the reflections on not fitting in being foreign are timeless Subtle and thoughtful

  6. says:

    Although not the best of Shusaku Endo's books The Samurai and Silence seemed better Foreign Studies is perhaps the closest to a memoir Built as a collection of short stories the longest spanning about 100 pages this book follows the Japanese on a first student visit to Europe The three stories cover each a facet of this story with the longest of the three focusing on the life of Tanaka the French literature student who sets for Paris aro

  7. says:

    It is made up of three short stories of Japanese men living in France for their study just after and decades after the warThe scholarship and expectation from people and the difference between the ideal self and the actual self without any talent can be overwhelming from time to time This book captures the hardship of alienation and

  8. says:

    from 65 mostly a book about the feelings of inadeuacy and loneliness experienced by lecturer Tanaka during a stay in Paris to research the Maruis de Sade prefaced by two shorter pieces melancholy but involving and enjoyable too ultimately scary because Tanaka is so emotionally detached from de Sade's madness

  9. says:

    Interesting look at Japanese expats in Europe through the ages 2 short stories and one novel covering the same topic Melancholic in tone Well written I would give it a higher star rating if it hadn't have depressed me so

  10. says:

    I read this set of novellas while living in Beijing That was a head trip

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