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Kappa : a novel

Translated by Geoffrey Bownas

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In Japanese folklore the Kappa is a scaly, child-sized creature with a face like a tiger and a sharp, pointed beak. In the hands of Ryunosuke, one man’s journey to ‘Kappaland’ becomes the vehicle for a critique of Japanese life and customs in the tradition of Swift and Kafka. A perfectly formed gem from the pen of one of Japan’s most important modern writers (creator of Rashomon), Kappa is at once a fable, a comedy, and a brilliant satire.

notes: Introduction by G. H. Healey.
subjects: Social life and customs
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780720613377
OCLC number: 106214
publisher: Greenwood Press, 1970; Tuttle, 1971, 1976, 1980, 1988, 1994, 2000; Peter Owen, Distributed in the USA by Dufour Editions, 2004, 2009
publication place: Westport, CT; Rutland, VT, Boston; Chester Springs, PA
japanese publication date: 1927
english publication date: 1970
document type: Book
description: viii, 136 p. illus., port. 23 cm.