Ashes ePub download

by Kenzo Kitakata,Emi Shimokawa

  • Author: Kenzo Kitakata,Emi Shimokawa
  • ISBN: 1932234020
  • ISBN13: 978-1932234022
  • ePub: 1463 kb | FB2: 1269 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: World Literature
  • Publisher: Vertical; First American Edition edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 224
  • Rating: 4.6/5
  • Votes: 106
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The vice and virtues of middle age are espied with an eagle eye in this hardboiled story about a mid-career gangster  . Superbly translated into English by Emi Shimokawa, Ashes is a gritty, hard-boiled mystery written by Kenzo Kitakata, a Japanese author who is so popular in his native Japan that not one of his more than one hundred novels has ever gone out of print! Presenting the mind and thoughts of a middle-aged gangster in Tokyo's multilayered underworld, Ashes depicts yakuza (Japanese mafia) life with a unique understanding and edge-of-your seat reality.

By Kenzo Kitakata Translated by Emi Shimokawa. Unfolding thorugh chiseled sketches and run through with tantalizing motifs, Kitakata’s masterpiece follows the fortunes of a yakuza mobster as his moment of truth approaches. By Kenzo Kitakata Translated by Emi Shimokawa. Category: Noir Mysteries. Cool, real, and cleansing, Ashes is a literary tonic. Also by Kenzo Kitakata. See all books by Kenzo Kitakata.

Kenzo Kitakata (北方 謙三, Kitakata Kenzō, born October 26, 1947) is a Japanese novelist, especially known for his hardboiled novels. Ashes (original title: Bō no Kanashimi), trans. He studied law at Chuo University in the early 1970s. He served as the 10th President of the Mystery Writers of Japan from 1997 to 2001. Emi Shimokawa (Vertical, 2003).

Japanese title: Bo no kanashimi. Translated by Emi Shimokawa. Ashes is a fine character-study, with some decent action and storylines.

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The vice and virtues of middle age are espied with an eagle eye in this hardboiled story about a mid-career gangster. Unfolding thorugh chiseled sketches and run through with tantalizing motifs, Kitakata's masterpiece follows the fortunes of a yakuza mobster as his moment of truth approaches. Cool, real, and cleansing, Ashes is a literary tonic.
Rollers from Abdun
A great piece of introspective hardboiled Japanese fiction. Instead of a detective as so many writers of hardboiled fiction are apt to fall back on (likely and rightly in attempts to follow the success of Raymond Chandler et al), it tells a story centered in yakuza politics - played close enough to the chest not to give too much away, but enough that the personal experience of a middle-aged yakuza is very real to the reader. The first half is written in the third person with fairly little clues as to who the man we're watching might be, but it doesn't suffer any for it. It gives you the sort of feeling you get when you sit in a room and listen to the conversations other people are having - eyeing your own glass, pretending to mind your own business, but secretly clueing in on the business of others. A fly on the wall. For some I'm sure it will annoy, but because I'm secretly the sort of person who loves to do that, it felt comfortable to me.

The second half is written in the first person, the man from the beginning - called just "Tanaka" or "Brother" by his yakuza brethren. I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first half, but that could be my affinity for the style of the beginning talking more than the actual quality of either part. There is a particularly wonderful passage in this half about the death of Tanaka's goldfish - not for the faint of heart, but it illustrates that despite the usual failings and repetitive nature of many translations of Japanese literature, no metaphor is lost in Ashes.

I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys hardboiled fiction or is interested in looking into hardboiled fiction beyond the scope of perhaps Hammett and Chandler. It is decidedly not the detective vein so familiar to fans of the genre, but it is worth every page.
Djang
I keep waiting for a new Kenzo Kitakata novel to get translated, because I can't read Japanese and yet this is one of my favorite crime writers, and one of the top noir novelists in the world. I don't just read his books -- I study them. He is a master of the slow, quiet build up to a violent climax in which the build up is as aesthetically satisfying as the climax, so the reader doesn't hurry but sinks into a kind of hyper-detailed daydream or trance. ASHES is about the daily life of a yakuza gangster. I wonder if Takeshi Kitano read Kitakata before making Sonatine This novel gets inside the yakuza life-world -- the mood is existential, the brutal violence sudden and casual. Matter of fact. Simple and clear. Beautifully paced.
Coiriel
I've read a lot of crime novels from around the world, including several from Japan: Miyuke Miyabe's "All She Was Worth", Natsuo Kirino's "Out", Akimitsu Takagi's "The Informer", and Seicho Matsumoto's "Inspector Imanishi Investigates". And it has to be said that this slim, terse book from the man considered the grandmaster of Japanese hard-boiled is a disappointment. Originally published in 1990 and turned into the film "Like A Rolling Stone" (unavailable in the U.S.), it's a virtually plotless character study of an ambivalent mid-level yakuza named Tanaka. Kitakata's framework is somewhat unusual, the first half of the book, Tanaka is observed from the third-person, and the second half of the book is written from Tanaka's first-person perspective. Despite the different perspectives, the prose remains flat and dry, stylized to the point where it has no life whatsoever. This may also be an issue of poor translation, either way, it's not particularly engaging.

In any event, Kitakata seems to be trying to draw parallels between the life of a yakuza and the life of a typical Japanese salaryman. Tanaka is in the midst of a classic mid-life crisis, he's worked for the same boss for twenty years (including eight lost years in jail), and lives an emotional vacuum, has no home life, and has devoted his adult life to professional advancement. And like many men is such situations, he spends a great deal of time in a haze, questioning himself: "Sometimes I wonder why I've stayed in [the yakuza] world for so long.... There's a part of me that resists being a real yakuza. . .Why did I become a yakuza? Maybe I'd had no choice." Amidst all this angst, there's a bare bones plot involving the boss ordering Tanaka to branch off from the main clan and run a little crew on his own. We see Tanaka being violent, cruel, manipulative, and scheming as he plots his way into becoming the next boss. It's pretty standard issue yakuza stuff, with the attention to ritual and brand names one expects.

But without any action to move the story along, the book merely seems like an impressionistic collection of related vignettes. As a character study, it's just far to elliptical to have any power. A much, much better Japanese book about the inner life of an outsider is Akira Yoshimura's "On Parole."
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