History & True Crime
The Angels of Englemere Wood by Karen Farrington published in paperback today
Finished copies of Dr Christopher Harding‘s Japan Story have arrived in the Northbank office ahead of its publication on 1 November.
Japan Story is a fresh and extraordinarily rich cultural history, exploring the nation’s struggles with modernity, internationalism and its own cultural anxieties.
In this absorbing account by a leading expert in Asian cultural history, we encounter writers of dramas, ghost stories and crime novels where modernity itself is the tragedy, the ghoul and the bad guy; surrealist and avant-garde artists sketching their escape; rebel kamikaze pilots and the put-upon urban poor; hypnotists and gangsters; men in desperate search of the eternal feminine and feminists in search of something more than state-sanctioned subservience; Buddhists without morals; Marxist terror groups; couches full to bursting with the psychological fall-out of breakneck modernisation.
These people all sprang from the soil of modern Japan, but their personalities and projects failed to fit. They were ‘dark blossoms’: both East-West hybrids and home-grown varieties that wreathed, probed and sometimes penetrated the new structures of mainstream Japan.
This dazzling and original book digs beneath the surface of a highly complex society, and confounds the particular image of Japan that its government likes to portray.
Japan Story will be be published by Allen Lane and is available for pre-order now.