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ROUGH LIVING, by Tokuda Shusei, translated by Richard Torrance. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, April 2001, 184 pp., $45 (hardcover), $21.95 (paper).

One of the reasons for this adulation may have been that Shusei was among the earliest modern writers to concern himself with “lower-class” characters, to abandon upper-class Meiji aspirations and to reflect the actual life, the “true characteristics,” of Taisho/Showa people.

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