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'The Broken Commandment': Toson Shimazaki's humanist bildungsroman of a 'burakumin'

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A classic from 1906, Toson Shimazaki's "The Broken Commandment" follows the ideological struggles of a young teacher, Ushimatsu Segawa. The Broken Commandment, by Toson Shimazaki, Translated by Kenneth Strong.249 pages UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO PRESS, Fiction. Born into the ostracized burakumin caste but hiding his origins by following a commandment of his father, Ushimatsu ...

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

/ | Oct 21, 2017

'A Brief History of the Samurai': offers thrilling take on Japan's ancient warrior class

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On reading Jonathan Clements’ brief history of the samurai, first published in 2010, you can’t help but see parallels with the recent blockbuster television series “Game of Thrones.” A Brief History of the Samurai, by Jonathan Clements.365 pages ROBINSON, Nonfiction. Clements’ recounts centuries of samurai power struggles, ...