FICTIONS OF DESIRE: Narrative Form in the Novels of Nagai Kafu, by Stephen Snyder. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2000, 196 pp., $42 (cloth), $17.95 (paper).

This alternate tradition, long eclipsed, emerged in the early decades of the last century and became known as Modernism. It revolutionized the arts. Painters abandoned representation and called attention to canvas, brush strokes and the paint itself. Composers challenged conventional tonality. Writers, novelists in particular (Joyce, Gide, Proust, Virginia Woolf, Henry Green), challenged realist conventions of narrative.

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