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Bester, John 1927-2010

Overview
Works: 150 works in 518 publications in 3 languages and 8,460 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Short stories  History  War fiction  Illustrated works  Novels  Pictorial works  Domestic fiction  Erotic fiction 
Roles: Translator, Adapter, Author, tra, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PL830.B8, 895.635
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Bester
Black rain : a novel by Masuji Ibuse( Book )

39 editions published between 1969 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Effects of the Hiroshima bombing on one Japanese family
The silent cry by Kenzaburō Ōe( Book )

37 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in English and held by 1,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two brothers, Takashi and Mitsu, return from Tokyo to the village of their childhood. Selling their family home leads them to an inescapable confrontation with their family history. Their attempt to escape the influence of the city ends in failure as they realize that its tentacles extend to everything in the countryside, including their own relationship."--Amazon.com
Acts of worship : seven stories by Yukio Mishima( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in English and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first comprehensive collection in English of the controversial Japanese writer's short fiction includes stories from throughout his career, dealing with love and sexuality, the union of mind and body, and other themes
A boy called H : a childhood in wartime Japan by Kappa Senoo( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This autobiographical novel follows the fortunes of a boy, and of a nation, from the fateful prewar 1930s to the early postwar period
The waiting years by Fumiko Enchi( Book )

14 editions published between 1971 and 2002 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The insatiable lust of Tomo's husband causes her deep humiliation. The relationships that are formed between her and the mistresses she provides for her husband dominates the story
Contemporary Japanese prints by Michiaki Kawakita( Book )

2 editions published in 1967 in Undetermined and English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hokusai : genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e by Seiji Nagata( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hokusai is perhaps the Asian artist best known in the West. His influence has extended from the Impressionists to later modern art and even to commercial design. A few of his works are so frequently reproduced that they are almost as familiar as the face of the Mona Lisa. Yet the "Great Wave" and the "Red Fuji" from the Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji represent only a tiny fraction of Hokusai's output. The pages of the Sketches, with their teeming humanity and their boundless interest in the details of everyday life, give only a small idea of his true scope. Hokusai's life was characterized by a prodigious energy and productivity that continued to the end of his ninth decade; his output comprises a correspondingly broad variety of genres and styles. Despite this, it is still not sufficiently realized just how great is the range, and how many masterpieces it includes." "The aim of this work is to present a more balanced picture of Hokusai's achievement, a selection ranging over the whole oeuvre that will give some idea of the strength, the delicacy, and the fabulous inventive powers of this truly universal genius of the ukiyo-e."--Jacket
Lieutenant Lookeast and other stories by Masuji Ibuse( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japanese homes and lifestyles : an illustrated journey through history by Kazuya Inaba( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is not only the story of buildings and their construction and modification over time, but more importantly the tale of a people coming to grips with a way of living that will determine its destiny. Both illustrations and text are clear on this point, never forgetting the interplay between home and lifestyle." "Japanese Homes and Lifestyles adopts a chronological approach, revealing each succeeding period in all its individuality. The book is not a specious account of a monolithic Japanese way of life that continues unvarying from century to century, but rather a genuine recounting of the continuous variety and ongoing change that has occurred at all levels of life and in every epoch. Rulers and ruled, rich and poor, farmer and city dweller, samurai and commoner - all are vividly depicted as history moves toward the present day."--BOOK JACKET
Once and forever by Kenji Miyazawa( Book )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A collection of classic, fantastical tales from Northern Japan that are equal parts whimsical and sophisticated, perfect for readers of all ages. Kenji Miyazawa is one of modern Japan's most beloved writers, a great poet and a strange and marvelous spinner of tales, whose sly, humorous, enchanting, and enigmatic stories bear a certain resemblance to those of his contemporary Robert Walser. John Bester's selection and expert translation of Miyazawa's short fiction reflects its full range from the joyful, innocent "Wildcat and the Acorns," to the cautionary tale "The Restaurant of Many Orders," to "The Earthgod and the Fox," which starts out whimsically before taking a tragic turn. Miyazawa also had a deep connection to Japanese folklore and an intense love of the natural world. In "The Wild Pear," what seem to be two slight nature sketches succeed in encapsulating some of the cruelty and compensations of life itself"--
Traditional Korean painting : a lost art rediscovered by Cha-yong Cho( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once and forever : the tales of Kenji Miyazawa by Kenji Miyazawa( Book )

10 editions published between 1968 and 2018 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sheer storytelling skill is most evident in pieces like the joyful, innocent "Wildcat and the Acorns," or in a classic cautionary tale like "The Restaurant of Many Orders." But even a superficially whimsical tale like "the Earth-god and the Fox" can in a short span construct a genuinely moving little tragedy. "The Last Deer Dance," a fanciful account of the origins of a well-known folk dance, works its gentle way to a climax of pure poetry. "Tokkobe Torako" makes folk superstitions the basis for a piece of amusing farce in a historical setting
Classic bonsai of Japan by Nihon Bonsai Kyōkai( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confessions of a Yakuza : a life in Japan's underworld by Junʼichi Saga( Book )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reluctant admiral : Yamamoto and the Imperial Navy by Hiroyuki Agawa( Book )

8 editions published between 1979 and 1990 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of both an individual and an organization. The individual is Admiral Yamamoto, the architect of the Pearl Harbor raid and commander of the Combined Fleet until his dramatic death in the South Pacific. One of the best-known Japanese wartime leaders -- complex, tough, sympathetic, and realistic -- he believed from the start that Japan was bound to lose the war. The organization is the Imperial Navy, whose gentlemanly traditions and international outlook contrasted strongly with those of the army. Based on interviews with people who knew him well, private and intimate correspondence, and secret and official documents, it is -- as the New Yorker said -- a brilliant book
Winds and wildcat places by Kenji Miyazawa( Book )

3 editions published in 1967 in English and Japanese and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The realm beyond by Kan Kikuchi( Book )

9 editions published between 1964 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dark room by Junnosuke Yoshiyuki( Book )

11 editions published between 1975 and 1994 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a man who was safe - or so he thought. This man had money and women ... until things began to disturb the carefully arranged pattern of his life, and he found himself caught in a tightening noose of sexual and emotional involvement
The anatomy of dependence by Takeo Doi( Book )

33 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work is focused upon the word "amae" (indulgence) and its related vocabulary. Expressive of an emotion central to the Japanese experience, "amae" refers to the indulging, passive love which surrounds and supports the individual in a group, whether family, neighborhood, or the world at large. Considering the lack of such words in Western languages, the author suggests inherent differences between the two cultures -- contrasting the ideal of self-reliance with those of interdependence and the indulgence of weaknesses. Yet, he finds that Western audiences have no difficulty in recognizing and identifying with the emotions he describes, and are even searching for a way to express this need
Flood by Yasushi Inoue( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in Japanese and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Acts of worship : seven stories
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The silent cryActs of worship : seven storiesA boy called H : a childhood in wartime JapanThe waiting yearsHokusai : genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-eJapanese homes and lifestyles : an illustrated journey through historyOnce and forever : the tales of Kenji MiyazawaClassic bonsai of Japan
Alternative Names
Bester, John

Bester, John, 1927-

Besuta 1927- Jon

Besuta, Jon, 1927-

John Bester British translator

John Bester taalkundige

John Bester traducteur britannique

John Bester traductor británico

ジョン・ベスター

ベスター, ジョン

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