FLOATING CLOUDS, by Fumiko Hayashi, translated by Lane Dunlop. Columbia University Press, 2012, 303 pp., $25 (paperback)

This novel is one of the most famous of female author Fumiko Hayashi’s works. The present translation was done by Lane Dunlop, well-known for his earlier translations of works by writers such as Yasunari Kawabata and Kafu Nagai. It is part of the Japanese Literature Publishing Project, sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and carries the enthusiastic endorsement of American academics specializing in Japanese women’s literature (see the back cover). It will be of special interest to the reader drawn to women’s writings of the immediate postwar period.

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