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Author Saotome, Mitsugu, 1926-2008.

Title Okei : a girl from the provinces / Mitsugu Saotome ; translated by Kenneth J. Bryson
Published Richmond, [England] : Alma Books, 2008


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  893.05 S2395 A6/03B  AVAILABLE
Description 350 pages ; 20 cm
Series New Items
Summary "Set in the midst of samurai warfare in the mountainous region of Aizu in the late nineteenth century, the novel recounts the coming of age of the young peasant girl Okei, who falls desperately in love with the fierce warrior Sanasuma Kingo, only to discover that the world she inhabits has no place for such passion. Okei must learn to understand both the nature of her hidden feelings and the arcane codes and honour system of the samurai." "As the forces of the old Tugokawa order struggle to contain the imperialist army, Okei and the rest of her rural community find that exile to the New World may be their only remaining chance of survival. Capturing the character of a country in the throes of revolution and faced with the onset of modernity, Mitsugu Saotome's masterful novel succeeds in blending vivid historical detail with a timeless tale of romance, self-discovery and growing up."--BOOK JACKET
Notes "This book has been selected by the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP) which is run by the Japanese Literature Publishing and Promotion Centre (J-Lit Center) on behalf of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan"--T.p. verso
First published in Japan in 1974
Translated from the Japanese
Subject Historical fiction, Japanese.
Samurai -- Japan -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Samurai -- Japan -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Women peasants -- Japan -- Fiction.
Aizu Region (Japan) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Japan -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Author Bryson, Kenneth J.
Japan. Bunkachō.
Japanese Literature Publishing Project.
ISBN 184688070X (paperback)
9781846880704 (paperback)
Other Titles O-Kei. English