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By Mutsuo Takahashi,Jeffrey Angles

From one of many leading poets in modern Japan comes this entrancing memoir that lines a boy’s formative years and its intersection with the increase of the japanese empire and global warfare II. initially released in 1970, this translation is the 1st to be had in English.

In twelve chapters that stopover at and revisit severe issues in his boyhood, Twelve perspectives from the Distance provides a vanished time and position throughout the eyes of an comprehensive poet. Recounting thoughts from his formative years, Mutsuo Takahashi captures the whole variety of his inner existence as a boy, moving among his reviews and outlines of early life friendships, video games, songs, and college. With nice candor, he additionally discusses the budding know-how of his sexual choice for males, offering a wealthy exploration of 1 man’s early queer lifestyles in a spot the place sleek, Western-influenced types of homosexual id have been nonetheless unknown.

Growing up terrible in rural southwestern Japan, faraway from the city lifestyles that lots of his contemporaries have written approximately, Takahashi skilled a truth not often portrayed in literature. as well as his own remembrances, the publication paints a vibrant portrait of rural Japan, filled with oral culture, superstition, and remnants of customs that experience fast disappeared in postwar Japan. With profuse neighborhood colour and aspect, he re-creates the misplaced international that was once the environment for his beginnings as a homosexual guy and poet.

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