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Broken Bridge, the (1997) [Anthology]
by Al Alonzo Karen Hill Anton Elizabeth Balestrieri Phyllis Birnbaum Christopher Blasdel Catherine Browder Alan Brown John Bryson David Burleigh Meira Chand Cheryl Chow Michael Fessler Morgan Gibson Sanford Goldstein John Haylock Alex Kerr Francis King James Kirkup Joseph LaPenta David Lazarus Michelle Leigh Leza Lowitz Eric Madeen Ralph McCarthy Laurel Ostrow Hal Porter Viki Radden Donald Richie Daniel Rosenblum Edward G. Seidensticker Alex Shishin Kate the Slops Holly Thompson Frank Tuohy William Wetherall Philip Whalen Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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  • After revisiting an old garden, a scientist becomes entangled in her own memories
  • An English teacher pursues a clumsy flirtation with the school's new secretary
  • An army brat returns to Japan after an eight-year absence
  • A famous writer's haiku conceal an astonishing message
  • A gay American is pushed toward his Japanese lover's unwed sister
  • A young model who has soured on Japan sends tremors through her boyfriend's family

    This collection of short stories by non-Japanese who choose to live in Japan is an absorbing look at the Outsider in a nation that does not absorb foreigners easily. Unlike that other hotbed of expatriate writing, Literary Paris, which was not so different from home, postwar Literary Japan has confronted its expatriate writing community with a challenging mental and physical landscape. Those in pursuit of "traditional art" are met instead by a grim modern city, or a harsh and uncommunicative sensei. The affable, glad-handing American faces a stony, uncomprehending silence. There is also lust, the dream of exotic physical pleasures. And the chance to transform the Self into something totally Alien. Admired for their "non-Japaneseness," foreigners in Japan—gaijin—are often placed upon a pedestal, only to find themselves placed out of reach. In their isolation, they may turn to each other for comfort and conversation...

    From varied experiences like these did the writings in this collection emerge. The Broken Bridge presents stories from the period after the Occupation until the present day and contains work my 36 non-Japanese writers.

    Edited by Suzanne Kamata
    Introduction by Donald Richie


    • The Broken Bridge by Frank Tuohy
    • The Business at Hand by Edward Seidensticker
    • excerpt from Imaginary Speeches for a Brazen Head by Philip Whalen
    • Indirect Method by Francis King
    • The Granny Room by John Haylock
    • The Bonsai Master by James Kirkup
    • Mr. Butterfry by Hal Porter
    • Summer Insects by David Burleigh
    • The Altar by Catherine Browder
    • The Reunion by William Wetherall
    • Blue Notes on the Samisen in Early Summer by Michelle Leigh
    • Japanese Jew by Sanford Goldstein
    • Flatlands II by Al Alonzo
    • Dreaming of Glory by John Bryson
    • Michiko's House by Meira Chand
    • Enlightenment with Tea by Kate the Slops
    • The Trouble with Angels by Cheryl Chow
    • Hair Nudes by David Lazarus
    • The Circuit by Michael Fessler
    • Shades by Alex Shishin
    • Angels of the Unknown by Lauren Ostrow
    • excerpt from One Hundred Years of Raoul by Ralph McCarthy
    • Mr. Robert by Viki Radden
    • Ghost Stories by Leza Lowitz
    • Casualties by Alex Kerr
    • Is There a God in Your Heart? by Morgan Gibson
    • Summertime by Karen Hill Anton
    • The Podiatrist by Daniel Rosenblum
    • Wakanomiya by Christopher Blasdel
    • Bloodlines by Holly Thompson
    • Tokyo Tremors by Alan Brown
    • The Screen Man by Elizabeth Balestrieri
    • A Roasted Potato at Dusk by Phyllis Birnbaum
    • Season's Greetings by Joseph LaPenta
    • Standing There Naked by Eric Madeen
    • Six Encounters by Donald Richie
  • Original title: The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan
    Original languages: English


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