Aijo [Love].

HAYASHI Fumiko (1936])

£500.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. 8vo. Original printer paper covered boards with gilt lettering to upper board and spine, printed slip case. Signed and inscribed to Mitsugi Mikito to front free endpaper. Sunning and closed tears to spine, off-setting to endpapers, slipcase worn. Overall a good copy. [ii], 338 pp. Tokyo, Kaizosha. Showa 11 [i.e.

Inscribed to Mikito Mitsugi, who was an editor at the Toho Shobo publishing house in Tokyo.

In her career, Hayashi published six novels and numerous short stories. The present book is a collection of eight short stories written by Hayashi in the 1930s, shortly before WWII. Following the success of her first novel, Horoki [Diary of a Vagabond] in 1930, Hayashi was propelled out of poverty and into the literary limelight. An autobiographical work, Horoki delved into Hayashi's troubling childhood and continuing struggles through abject poverty, which are themes present in her proceeding works. Hayashi is also known for her feminism, and contributed to the feminist journal Nyonin Geijutsu. Her writing on love and relationships sensitively captures the nuances of women in Japanese society and in the domestic space.

Rare. Only two copies in OCLC.

Stock Code: 249467

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