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A Dark Night's Passing (Japan's Modern Writers)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Paperback, 408 pages
Published December 1st 1979 by Kodansha International (first published January 1st 1962)
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Mar 22, 2013 David rated it liked it
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Shiga Naoya "dismissed Mishima's fiction as all 'fantasy' with little 'sense of reality.' (Shiga was another writer Mishima admired who did not reciprocate his sentiments.)"
(Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima)

There's certainly a sense of reality to "A Dark Night's Passing"; it's a detailed account of an unhappy young writer's experiences in pre-war Japan. There's no trouble with money, luckily for him. The focus is his personal relationships, his work, and how he feels about himself and his l
Feb 17, 2016 umberto rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, japan
In 2012 I first knew Naoya Shiga from reading his two short stories “Han’s Crime” and “At Kinosaki” in Donald Keene’s “Modern Japanese Literature” (Tuttle 1972) in which I reasonably enjoyed. Some three years later, I came across this lengthy novel and then I was not sure if I should read it; however, I decided to buy it due to his brief biography and some commendation at the back cover. This is his longest novel so I kept reading and found its first two parts a bit boring, probably he has ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese-fiction
i'm not going to say that this was my favorite book by any means. having said that, i have nothing but respect for the author. i can appreciate that this is a very influential novel in terms of style and candor. without it, we might not have the other great writers of japanese nostalgia, etc. great. SPOILER ALERT, btw.

if i were around when this was published, i'd propose to the author (if i may be so bold) that he should name each of the four sections of the book. part one: kensaku as snob. part
Nov 21, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok
It grieves me to give this novel a mediocre review, as Shiga remains one of my all-time favorite writers of short fiction. DARK proves to be an example of worst-case scenario in the "I novel" genre: a protracted showcase of the mundane and demoralizing in everyday existence. Nothing I would call enlightening in either the scenarios or the language -- just 400 pages of personal problems that the author primarily brings upon himself. The translator is A-list, so Shiga has to take responsibility ...more
David Haws
Mar 07, 2015 David Haws rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japanese-fiction
私小説 is a kind of literary anthropology (probably not my favorite genre) but the quality of the writing here is really remarkable—every bit as good as what he maintained in his short stories (no mean feat). I would probably be less interested if I didn’t find pre-War Japanese culture so fascinating, and I feel saddened that Shiga’s didn’t produce more. But then, Austen didn’t produce much either and, I’m sure, would have produced even less if she were using Shiga’s form. Shiga’s writing, in terms ...more
Oct 20, 2014 Harajyuku rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese, translated
Tokitou Kensaku is inconstant and inconsistent, suspicious, sensitive, judgmental, and prone to fantasy and taking on airs. He undeniably rings true as an authentic human being. I liked particularly (and perversely) the parts where he would start reading a book and then get tired of it, or when he would privately insist on holding on to his first impression of something/someone/someplace.

This book started as a firm 3 stars - because it was charming, somehow - but by the end of Part III catapulte
Hilda Ellis-Davidson
Sep 22, 2016 Hilda Ellis-Davidson rated it liked it
Shelves: japan
Maybe not his finest work, but still readable.
Devin Curtis
Feb 09, 2016 Devin Curtis rated it it was amazing
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What an entirely beautiful book. During certain sections I was surprised to find myself thinking that this was one of the best certainly most emotionally resonant books I'd ever read.
Shiga is so unyieldingly honest with his thoughts and feelings that I doubt anyone could withstand being swept up in the heartbreaking moments that this book is so wrapped up in. His treatment of the experience of a young man struggling as a writer is at times uncannily similar to the ways in which I am trying to ap
Jun 08, 2010 Marilenoe rated it it was amazing
This was a book I read when I was 12 years old. I just re-read it and realized how much I missed the detailed messages of the plots.
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I really want to re-read this!
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Naoya Shiga (志賀 直哉) was a Japanese novelist and short story writer active during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan.
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“I remember that on the day before you left, I told you that I wanted to change my way of life, and you asked me why I didn’t resign from my company right away. This is no place for me to go into details, but I really do want another kind of life. But here, too, I seem incapable of doing anything. That I myself at times become tired of my own weakness is, I’m afraid, no consolation to you.” 0 likes
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