The Internet Book List - Spread the word

Book Information: Lady of the Evening Faces

Lady of the Evening Faces (1979) [Short Story]
by Yumie Hiraiwa Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: None (show them) Review!

Summary (IBList user synopsis):

The story's title alludes to one of the heroines of The Tale of Genji whose delicate, passive, fragile beauty is compated to a flower known as the "evening face," a kind of moonflower. Like that flower, which opens for just a couple hours in the evening, the coy noblewoman dies after a fleeting love affair with Prince Gengi. Her daughter, however, is stronger and survives the hardships of a motherless childhood until finally she comes under the prince's protection. Hiraiwa's story focuses more on the daughter; when it begins, the mother is already dead and the daughter is preparing for her hundredth-day memorial service (the common practice in Japan is to comemorate a person's death every seventh day for seven weeks after the funeral, followed by the hundredth-day service.)

Published in The Mother of Dreams and Other Short Stories.

Original title: Yugao no onna
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Mother of Dreams and Other Short Stories, the (1986) [Anthology]
      Authors: Yasunari Kawabata , Seicho Matsumoto , Osamu Dazai , Yasushi Inoue , Yasuko Harada , Sakae Tsuboi , Yoko Mori , Kafu Nagai , Takeshi Kaiko , Fumiko Enchi , Shohei Ooka , Harumi Setouchi , Taiko Hirabayashi , Kobo Abe , Sawako Ariyoshi , Yumie Hiraiwa

Edition #1: Lady of the Evening Faces

©Steven Jeffery /, 2017
Terms of Use