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Escape from the Wasteland

Escape from the Wasteland

Romanticism and Realism in the Fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo

Susan J. Napier

ISBN 9780674261815

Publication date: 04/15/1996

Nobel Prize winner Oe Kenzaburo and the ever-disturbing Mishima Yukio have explored twentieth-century Japanese alienation with an unsparing eye and savage humor. In Escape from the Wasteland, Susan J. Napier examines their vivid and often perverse depictions of sex, impotence, emperor worship, and violence. For new readers of Oe and Mishima, this is an indispensable guide. For critics and scholars, it is the benchmark study.


  • Alternative fictional worlds and their ideological significance form the focus of Susan Napier’s engrossing study of the works of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo… Napier is a reader of considerable acuity and sympathy, with a refreshing candor about her convictions.

    —Journal of Japanese Studies


  • Susan J. Napier is Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Book Details

  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Asia Center