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Single Sickness and Other Stories by Masuda Mizuko

Translated by Lynne Kutsukake

Publication Year: 2011

Single Sickness and Other Stories by Masuda Mizuko opens a window onto the intriguing fictional world of award-winning author Masuda Mizuko. Masuda explores themes of female subjectivity and biology, selfhood and autonomy, loneliness and desire, and the deep tensions inherent in female-male relations. The seven stories in this volume tap into a powerful undercurrent of disquiet pervading contemporary urban life. Masuda subtly evokes an air of menace underlying the mundane and a whiff of danger in the domestic.

Published by: East Asia Program, Cornell University

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. ii-iii

For their enthusiastic support, wise guidance and many acts of kindness, I would like to thank Ted Goossen, Miya Narushima, Sonja Arntzen, Atsuko Sakaki, Sarah Strong, Susie Schmidt, Kim Kyong Suk and my husband Michael...

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pp. ix-xviii

Masuda Mizuko (1948–) first came to the attention of Japan's literary community when her novella, "Posthumous Ties" (Shigo no Kankei, 1977), was shortlisted...

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pp. 1-26

Ginko left work a little earlier than usual. When she arrived at her station, she took the long way home past the pharmacy where she bought garbage bags and bath soap...

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pp. 27-50

When Ikuri got home from the plant on Friday evening, there was a folded note marked "Urgent!" pinned to the door of her apartment. It sent her into a momentary state of confusion...

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Single Sickness

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pp. 51-81

She dreamed you could see straight through her. One by one all the cells in her body were slowly floating to the surface of her skin where they burst into particles...

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pp. 82-104

Horn: term used for hard, pointed projections growing from the heads of mammals. Also used in reference to similar growths on nonmammals. Considerable...

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pp. 105-124

The first thing Ichiko saw was the woman's face. Floating in the water, a blur. That was why she thought she must be in the water, that was why she thought she was about to die. It troubled her that she was dying...

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pp. 125-144

Kasumi nodded off to the loud roar of the subway. She dreamed that she was being tossed about by the wind, and when she reached her station, her head was throbbing slightly...

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Dream Bug

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pp. 145-165

I first became aware of Marga Richter’s music in 2003 when I was preparing to teach a course on women in music and listened to the audio cassette for Diane Jezic’s Women Composers: The Lost Tradition Found. I found Richter’s Landscapes of the Mind II for violin...


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pp. 166-169

E-ISBN-13: 9781933947969
Print-ISBN-13: 9781933947266

Page Count: 190
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: First hc