(From the publisher):
Almost half a century ago, as Japan reached the end of the exciting Meiji period and of her transition into the modern world, there appeared a novel that captured the flavor of the era and preserved it for generations to come. This was The Wild Geese
by Ogai Mori, and it was destined to become a classic.
In this story of unfulfilled love, set against a background of social change, Ogai portrays with compassion and strange beauty the drama of a girl forved by poverty to become a moneylender's mistress. Around her, in scenes of humor and pathos, move the skillfully drawn characters of her weak-willed father, her virile and calculating lover, and his suspicious wife, and the handsome student who is at the same time the object of her desire and the symbol of her rescue. In the background there passes a procession of typical figures of the period: geisha, students, entertainers, unscrupulous matchmakers, and parsimonious landladies.
Otama, the beautiful but captive mistress, stands at the center of this colorful stage. Like the figures around her, and like the symbolic wild geese of the title,. she yearns for the freedom of flight. It is the dawning consciousness of her predicament that brings the novel to its touching climax.
Original title: 雁 (Gan)
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction