Review of Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor

Modern Japanese literature so often seems to be concerned primarily with a search for something that is authentic, perhaps in the sense of providing a transcendental escape from mundane reality or perhaps just to banish the lies and myth-making of the past. Japan’s rapid change from legendary home to emperor and heroes to post-modern wasteland mediated by the violence of nuclear explosions and military defeat seems to have destroyed fundamental beliefs in the fundamental verities of society.

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