(Humorous and poignant, Rough Living (Arakure) follows the...)
Humorous and poignant, Rough Living (Arakure) follows the fortunes of an ambitious young seamstress, Oshima, as she strives to survive and prosper in Meiji Japan. Rough Living explores the social transformations the country underwent in the early twentieth century from the perspective of a young woman who personifies the hungry, entrepreneurial spirit of the times. Through Oshima's eyes we see the formation of the structures of modern everyday life under capitalism as they evolved in Japan from the time of her birth in 1884 until the end of the novel, around 1910.
Shusei Tokuda Edit Profile
Shūsei Tokuda left 4th Higher School in Kanazawa without graduating.
Shusei Tokuda worked at Hakubunkan Publishing Company in 1892. While here he became a disciple of Koyo Ozaki (about 1894). He wrote "Rough Living". His short story "The Town Dance Hall" is in the Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature. His short story "Order of the White Paulownia" is in the anthology "modern japanese stories" edited by Ivan Morris. His writings were devoid of romanticism. His writings were devoid of romanticism. Shusei Tokuda dealt with all phases of life and his style was pure, simple and down-to-earth.
The Fiction of Tokuda Shusei and the Emergence of Japan's New Middle Class
In this stimulating study, Richard Torrance provides the first book-length English-language analysis of the life and works of the eminent Japanese writer Tokuda Shusei.