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The Sting of Death and Other Stories
by Shimao Toshio, translated, introduced & with interpretive comments by Kathryn Sparling

“This volume is a significant critical and literary experience.”
Van C. Gessel in Monumenta Nipponica

“Mr. Shimao traps us in the living nightmare of the postwar ruins within which he and his wife—and by extension all Japanese—labored to reconstruct ‘normal’ lives, with uncertain, heart-rending results.”
Joan Mellen in The New York Times Book Review

Published by Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan
Michigan Papers in Japanese Studies No. 12
Published 1985, 200 pp.
ISBN 0 939512 18 1, paperback, £10.99