Foreword--Donald Richie Translator's Preface The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa (Asakusa kurenaidan), 1929-1930 Afterword--Donald Richie Glossary Selected Bibliography Illustration Credits
Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1968. His 1937 novel Snow Country secured his position as one of Japan's leading authors. Alisa Freedman is a visiting assistant professor of Japanese literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Donald Richie--novelist, critic, essayist, travel writer, and former director of the Japanese cinema collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York--is author of The Films of Akira Kurosawa.
"The book evokes aspects of urban Japan at the end of the 1920s better than anything else I have read. Donald Richie's introduction is a great asset to the book."