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A Flock of Swirling Crows and Other Proletarian Writings Denji Kuroshima

A Flock of Swirling Crows and Other Proletarian Writings

Denji Kuroshima

Published January 27th 2005
ISBN : 9780824828554
Hardcover
257 pages
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Why is education potentially subversive? How does ethnocentrism facilitate an oppressive status quo? Who actually benefits from war? Questions such as these were integral to the work of writer Kuroshima Denji (1898-1943), one of modern Japans mostMoreWhy is education potentially subversive? How does ethnocentrism facilitate an oppressive status quo? Who actually benefits from war? Questions such as these were integral to the work of writer Kuroshima Denji (1898-1943), one of modern Japans most dedicated antimilitarist intellectuals. He was wholeheartedly committed to fundamental change and produced numerous literary works expressing his passionate opposition to armed force as an instrument of imperialism. His only full-length novel, superbly translated here as Militarized Streets, was censored by both Japans imperial government and the U.S. occupation authorities. Best known for his Siberian stories of the late 1920s - vivid descriptions of agonies suffered by Japanese soldiers and Russian civilians during Japans invasion of the newly emerged Soviet Union - Kuroshima also wrote powerful narratives dealing with the hardships, struggles, and rare triumphs of Japanese peasants. The present volume comprises much of Kuroshimas most highly acclaimed work for the first time in English.