THE FUNERAL OF A GIRAFFE and Other Stories, by Tomioka Taeko. Translated by Kyoko Selden and Mizuta Noriko. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 182 pp., $21.95.

Originally a poet, Taeko Tomioka turned to fiction later in her career, after the breakup of a long-term relationship and a return to her native Osaka. She moved in with her mother, from whom she had originally run away, reviewed her life and began writing fiction. (Film scripts as well. The first time I heard of her was as scenarist for Masuhiro Shinoda’s 1968 “Double Suicide.”) Among the first of her post-poetry works to appear was this 1975 volume of short stories, “Dobutsu no sorei.”

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