A Critical Study of the Literary Style of Ibuse Masuji: As Sensitive as Waters

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Ibuse's writing is characterized by a great deal of unromantic skepticism, and by a unique style: a rich, precise language combined with bold, innovative experimentation. This book traces the genesis and development of this style, and defines Ibuse's overall artistic contribution.


"Anthony Liman has written an exciting book that illuminates Ibuse's poetic world from within by sensitive attention to the subtlest nuances of Ibuse's rich and constantly maturing style. . . . of compelling interest both to the Japanese and the Western scholar. . . . This book represents an unfading achievement in the field of Japanese literary criticism, the definitive Ibuse study that will become an effective tool for the dedicated student of Japanese literature." - Kinya Tsuruta

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