The Shooting Gallery & Other Stories by Yuko Tsushima. New York. 1988. Pantheon Books. paperback. 138 pages. Translated from the Japanese by Geraldine Harcourt. 0394757432.




   Eight stories by one of Japan's most important women authors concern the struggles of women in a repressive society. An unwed mother introduces her children to their father. A woman confronts the 'other woman'. A young single mother resents her children. These stories touch on universal themes of passion and jealousy, motherhood's joys and sorrows, and the tug-of-war between responsibility and entrapment.



Tsushima YukoYuko Tsushima was born in 1947, the daughter of novelist Osamu Dazai, author of THE SETTING SUN and NO LONGER HUMAN, who committed suicide in 1948. While still in her senior year at university she published her first short story, and her reputation as one of Japan’s most remarkable young writers is based largely on works of short fiction. Nine volumes of her short stories have appeared to date; they include Mugura no Haha (1974), Waga Chichitachi (1975), Kusa no Fushido (1977), Hikari no Ryobun (1979), and Suifu (1982). In addition, she has published three full-length novels - Choji (1978), Moeru Kaze (1980), and Yama o Hashiru Onna (1980). Both Choji (Child of Fortune) and Yama o Hashiru Onna were awarded major literary prizes. Yuko Tsushima lives in Tokyo with her daughter.





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