By Howard Hibbett
Modern jap Literature: An Anthology Of Fiction, movie, And different Writing for the reason that 1945 is a set of a few of the best written works in Japan, delivering English translations of news via approximately dozen authors. chosen by means of editor and Harvard professor emeritus of jap literature Howard Hibbett, modern eastern Literature is the appropriate smorgasbord to adventure post-World conflict II eastern writings. modern jap Literature is very instructed for faculty library cabinets and private literature collections.
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What with the heat from the steam that clouded the inside of the bread's cellophane wrapper, and the store's intemperate heating system, the woman breathed a sigh of relief when she stood before the cool abalone-filled glass water tank of the shellfish stall in the basement. Pointing to the oysters in the glass case next to it, where frost had crystallized on the horizontal bars, she asked for ten of them. T h e clerk picked out ten of the larger ones and put them in a short, wide oilpaper sack, and then on a rear table wrapped it up in two sheets of paper.
T h e light was out, and their t w o sets of bedding were already spread out neatly on the floor. But the darkness was throbbing with the bawdy songs of the construction gang. It was hard to tell where the voices were c o m i n g from, perhaps because talking to Reiko in that tiny kitchen had somehow constricted his senses. He only k n e w that rough voices had filled that empty bedroom. T h e m e n were out in the darkness of the field. As he listened, the bawdy singing stopped and the voices launched into a solemn, drunken exchange.
From time to time, though, when they visited other couples, as soon as the door opened an unfamiliar odor would c o m e drifting out. Hisao felt that it was l o m e h o w obscene. " But for a moment she had frowned. Had the old bag sniffed them out? W h e n you thought of it, the way the old woman talked to the two of them was not inconsistent. To a sensitive bystander that smell might suggest a couple ready to break up. An addled old woman with failing sight but a keen nose would catch a whiff of this lingering scent and tell the wife her husband might not be around long, and then tell the man to mend his ways and she would see that he got a fine young bride.