I Saw a Pale Horse & Selections from Diary of a Vagabond (Cornell East Asia, No. 86) (Cornell East Asia Series Vol 86)
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I Saw a Pale Horse & Selections from Diary of a Vagabond (Cornell East Asia, No. 86) (Cornell East Asia Series Vol 86)

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Hayashi Fumiko, one of the most popular prose writers of the Showa era, began writing as a down-and-out poet wandering the streets of 1920s Tokyo. In these translations of her first poetry collection, I Saw a Pale Horse(Aouma wo mitari)and Selected Poems from Diary of a Vagabond(Hôrôki), Fumiko's literary origins are colorfully revealed. Little known in the west, these ear...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Cornell University East Asia Program (first published 1951)
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Here are a few rough notes on the translation.

I've been interested in reading the works of Fumiko Hayashi, since seeing Naruse films based on her writings. I never knew she wrote poetry. Her poetry speaks to post-war female suffering, as much as her stories.

For example, as short piece (It's probably more lyrical in Japanese) about starvation:

Fly to Me, Boiled Egg

Fly to me, boiled egg.
Fly to me, bean jam bun.
Fly to me, strawberry jam bread.
Fly to me, Chinese noodle soup.

She spent a lot of time w...more
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Fumiko Hayashi (林 芙美子 Hayashi Fumiko?, December 31, 1903 or 1904 (Japanese sources disagree on the birth year) - June 28, 1951) was a Japanese novelist and poet.

When Hayashi was seven, her mother ran away with a manager of her common-law husband's store, and afterwards the three worked in Kyūshū as itinerant merchants. After graduating from high school in 1922, Hayashi moved to Tokyo with a lover...more
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