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The Counterfeiter and Other Stories

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  149 ratings  ·  18 reviews
These three short stories, The Counterfeiter, Obasute, and The Full Moon, explore the roles of loneliness, compassion, beauty, and forgiveness in day-to-day life in Japan, all within the context of the Buddhist-influenced notion of inescapable predestination.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 3rd 2000 by Tuttle Publishing (first published 1949)
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This was my first Yasushi Inoue title but it will definitely not be my last. Life of a Counterfeiter is a collection of three short stories including the titular story, “Reeds,” and “Mr. Goodall’s Gloves.” All three stories are excellent and go a long way in establishing the kind of storyteller Mr. Inoue is. There is a certain stream of consciousness-esque element to these stories that I really liked. In Life of a Counterfeiter the main character is supposed to be a biographer of a famous painte ...more
Ιαπωνική λογοτεχνία στα καλύτερά της, οι ιστορίες είναι αρκετά αργές, εσωτερικές και γεμάτες αντικρουόμενα συναισθήματα και σκέψεις. Η πλοκή στους Ιάπωνες παίζει δευτερεύοντα ρόλο (ιδίως στους κλασικούς) ωστόσο προσωπικά με κεντρίζει η εσωτερικότητα της γραφής τους, η ακινησία και η διακριτικότητά τους, ακόμα κι αν περιγράφουν τη φαυλότητα της ανθρώπινης φύσης.
Ada 3 cerita pendek di dalam kompilasi karya penulis legendaris Jepang ini; The Counterfeiter, Obasute, dan Full Moon. Boleh dikatakan bahwa gaya bercerita Yasushi Inoue sangat detil, deskriptif habis, dan melibatkan emosi yang mendalam terhadap segala unsur yang terkait dengan cerita. Gaya serupa ini dapat ditemukan pada karya-karya penulis kaliber, seperti Ernest Hemingway dan O'Henry. Bedanya, karya Yasushi Inoue lebih mudah dibaca daripada punya Ernest Hemingway (tolong! Susah bgt). Pengalam ...more
Sara Emotionally
Yasushi brilla anche in questa raccolta di tre racconti per delicatezza e cura nella descrizione dei dettagli. Il primo dei tre racconti dà il titolo a tutto il libro. La narrazione è affascinante e magica.
Three minarets - the most memorable from each: an old man attempts to create a firework which mimics the color of a bell flower, the thought of which disturbs the narrator's wife; A man imagines the discussion he'd have with his mother if he were to abandon her on the top of a mountain in her old age, in the scene he imagines carrying her on his back, a little old, but spicey woman; and a man suceeds his boss triumphantly but slowly finds his life mimicking his, the position overpowering the per ...more
A slim volume comprised of three short stories all taking place in post-war Japan. All the stories start out promisingly enough. The first is the story of a writer who is contracted to write a biography of a famous painter and instead becomes obsessed with the man who forged his paintings. The second story is about a young man who can't stop thinking about an old folk tale where the elderly are abandoned on a mountain and the last story deals with the inevitable disposability of humans in the mo ...more
nemu buku ini entah di PBJ entah di IBF 2009
ada Periplus yang ngeluarin dua kotak full buku obralan
akhirnya nyamber Final Martyrs, Decay of an Angel, sama buku ini

agak bingung sama judulnya yang bilang "and other stories" soalnya ini buku isinya cuma cerita counterfeiter doank..
apa karena itu harganya jadi 5000 ya?
karena mustinya ada cerita-cerita lain yang ga kecetak di buku ini?

ceritanya keren
tentang seorang penulis yang diminta membuat biografi dari seorang pelukis terkenal tapi
Erika Schoeps
3.5 stars. This little book of short stories is elegant and sweet. The stories aren't very captivating in themselves, but they way they are written is what keeps you captivated. The focus is introspective, mostly on thoughts, feelings, symbols, and themes. The beauty of the writing is shown in the intelligent juxtaposition of images, symbols, and themes. These stories didn't create intense feelings of drama and passion, but they relaxed me and made me think. This is a very good little book for s ...more
Very quiet and keenly observed, but I never felt engaged.
Eva Adamo
Noiosetto, sicuramente il racconto più interessante è il primo che da il titolo al libro. Il terzo che parla dell'ambiente di lavoro non mi è piaciuto proprio.
The charms of yet another famous Japanese writer mostly escape me. Perhaps it's what the translator describes as "the lack of precision in the Japanese language." Perhaps I'm not getting it. The themes of these 3 stories are are interesting: identity, family ties, non-family ties. But the writing is kind of clunky.
The three stories in The Counterfeiter and Other Stories are interesting and worth reading. A drawback, however, is that they were selected to appeal to the “Western tastes” of 1965, and they are not helped by Leon Picon’s chunky, dated, and unidiomatic translation.
I understand that the author is better known for his historical fiction, well, these stories were not that, but they were enjoyable. I'd like to read more of his work in the future.
What an ugly font.
Loneliness is really the issue here. Nobody will ever understand anybody.
One needs to be alone- at the very end, who aren't. But one needs not to be lonely.
Enjoyed the first story, the second a bit less, and the third (while the shortest, dragged on the most without much meaning) the least.
Jun 17, 2009 Lizzy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
The first story was wonderful and I would have loved it alone as a short or as a full length novel. The next two stories just paled in comparison.
Noioso. Probabilmente me ne dimenticherò presto.
Il racconto che ho gradito rispetto agli altri è "Obasuté", per il senso di tristezza e di dolore.
Prose poétique d'une lecture reposante. La description des personnages et des lieux est fine et sensible.
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Yasushi Inoue (井上靖) was a Japanese writer whose range of genres included poetry, essays, short fiction, and novels.

Inoue is famous for his serious historical fiction of ancient Japan and the Asian continent, including Wind and Waves, Tun-huang, and Confucius, but his work also included semi-autobiographical novels and short fiction of great humor, pathos, and wisdom like Shirobamba and Asunaro Mo
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