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Denji Kuroshima (黒島 伝治, Kuroshima Denji, December 12, 1898 – October 17, 1943) was a Japanese author.

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1 Works 2 Personal life 3 Literary style 4 Further reading 5 See also 6 External links

Works[edit] One of modern Japan's most dedicated antimilitarist intellectuals, Kuroshima Denji is best known for his Siberian stories of the late 1920s – vivid descriptions of agonies suffered by Japanese soldiers and Russian civilians during Japan's invasion of the newly emerged Soviet Union. Kuroshima also wrote powerful narratives dealing with the hardships, struggles, and rare triumphs of Japanese peasants. His only full-length novel, Militarized Streets, a shocking description of economic and military aggression against China, was censored not only by Japan's imperial government, but by the US occupation authorities as well. Personal life[edit] A largely self-taught writer of humble social origins, Kuroshima was born on Shōdoshima
Shōdoshima
in the Inland Sea and went to Tokyo
Tokyo
to work and study. Conscripted into the army in 1919, he was sent to fight in a doomed war against the USSR waged at the time by Japan and its allies, including the US and Britain. Upon his return, Kuroshima joined a flourishing proletarian literature movement and published his narratives in a variety of journals. His passionately anti-imperialist novel was researched in China. As his health began to fail in the early 1930s, Kuroshima returned to his native island where he lived with his wife and three children. Literary style[edit] Kuroshima's narratives—like those of Anton Chekhov, whom Kuroshima greatly admired—are unadorned in style, straightforward in storytelling, and attentive to detail. Their content conveys a sense of authenticity, grief over the unnecessary suffering, and above all the urgent need for change. Despite occasional flashes of humor and lyricism, the tone is seldom cheerful and happy endings are rare: Kuroshima refrains from accomplishing in fiction what is much harder to attain in actuality. Devoid of easy optimism, his stories are open-ended chronicles of abuse and resistance. Ultimately, Kuroshima is convinced, only a vast international movement based on grassroots solidarity stands a chance of replacing a heartless status quo with a sane, livable world of justice and generosity. Meanwhile, faced with the daily tragedies of an irrationally structured world, radical artists everywhere are bound to persevere in their oppositional work. In his 1929 essay 'On Antiwar Literature,' Kuroshima writes: "So long as the capitalist system exists, proletarian antiwar literature must also exist, and fight against it." Further reading[edit] For further reading: Kuroshima Denji, A FLOCK OF SWIRLING CROWS and Other Proletarian Writings. Trans. Zeljko Cipris. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2005. The book presents ten of Kuroshima's most representative stories and his novel Militarized Streets. See also[edit]

Novels portal

Japanese literature List of Japanese authors Proletarian literature Shodoshima
Shodoshima
(Shodo Island)

External links[edit]

(in Japanese) 黒島 伝治:作家別作品リスト Open Air Library (青空文庫, Aozora Bunko) (in English) Against the System: Antiwar Writing of Kuroshima Denji (in English) Kuroshima Denji (translation and introduction by Michael Bourdaghs), "The Two-Sen Copper Coin", The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 43, No. 2, November 3, 2014

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 53105352 LCCN: n84239109 ISNI: 0000 0000 8233 766X GND: 1033684511 SUDOC: 178547468 BIBSYS: 15031767 NDL: 00038467 BNE: XX5464418

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