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Counterfeiter and Other Stories

Counterfeiter and Other Stories
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"These three stories illustrate Inoue's versatility, his mastery of detail and his control of narrative structure. Inoue presents the tale as mystery and solution, the tale as psychoanalytic exploration…, the tale as emblematic social history."—Arizona Quarterly

Japanese in setting, but universal in symbol and appeal."
—Mainichi daily News

Human pathos and suffering, loneliness and isolation, fatalism and Buddhistic concepts of predestination form dominant strands in the fabric of virtually all of the writings of Yasushi Inoue. His own separation from his parents when he was a child set the pattern for the basic framework of these moods, particularly that of loneliness. The Japanese character for "loneliness" means "orphan alone." And Yasushi Inoue as a child was an orphan alone in almost every sense but the legal one.
Leon Picon, from the introduction

In The Counterfeiter, a writer is commissioned to write the biography of a famous painter but becomes fascinated by a man who produced forgeries of the artist's work.Obasute concerns a man's obsession with a legend of old women being taken to a mountain and abandoned, and his interpretation of the actions of members of his family in light of this legend.
Tuttle Publishing; September 2011
128 pages; ISBN 9781462900770
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