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Gessel, Van C.

Works: 65 works in 333 publications in 3 languages and 10,912 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories  Biographies  Novels  Religious fiction  Samurai fiction  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography  Reference works  Drama 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author, Other, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PL849.N4, 895.635
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Most widely held works about Van C Gessel
Most widely held works by Van C Gessel
The samurai : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2018 in English and held by 1,316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 17th Century, a Japanese trade delegation travels to Mexico accompanied by Father Velasco, a Franciscan missionary acting as interpreter. On the way he converts them, using the argument that this will assure the success of their mission. It doesn't and on their return to Japan they are persecuted for their new faith
The Columbia anthology of modern Japanese literature by J. Thomas Rimer( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 1,150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This comprehensive anthology collects works of fiction, poetry, drama, and essay-writing from a pivotal time in Japanese history. In addition to their literary achievements, the texts reflect the political, social, and intellectual changes that occurred in Japanese society during this period, including exposure to Western ideas and literature, the rise of nationalism, and the complex interaction of traditional and modern forces. The volume offers outstanding, often new translations of classic texts by such celebrated writers as Nagai Kafu, Shimazaki Toson, Natsume Soseki, Kawabata Yasunari, and Yosano Akiko. The editors have also unearthed works from lesser-known women writers, many of which have never been available in English. Organized chronologically and by genre within each period, the volume reveals the major influences in the development of modern Japanese literature: the Japanese classics themselves, the example of Chinese poetry, and the encounter with Western literature and culture. Modern Japanese writers reread the classics of Japanese literature, infused them with contemporary language, and refashioned them with an increased emphasis on psychological elements. They also reinterpreted older aesthetic concepts in light of twentieth-century mentalities. While modern ideas captured the imagination of some Japanese writers, the example of classical Chinese poetry remained important for others. Meiji writers continued to compose poetry in classical Chinese and adhere to a Confucian system of thought. Another factor in shaping modern Japanese literature was the example of foreign works, which offered new literary inspiration and opportunities for Japanese readers and writers."--Publisher's description
Deep river by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In India, four Japanese tourists converge on the River Ganges in search of absolution. The novel probes their consciences, from Isobe, grieving the death of the wife he ignored in life, to Kugachi, haunted by wartime memories of a man who saved his life by eating human flesh, then drank himself to death to forget. An analysis of the importance of religion
The Shōwa anthology : modern Japanese short stories by Van C Gessel( Book )

48 editions published between 1984 and 1995 in English and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories by Masuji Ibuse, Motojiro Kajii, Tatsuo Hori, Osamu Dazai, Jun Ishikawa, Yukio Mishima, Kobo Abe, Shotaro Yasuoka, Nobuo Kojima, Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Junzo Shono, Toshio Shimao, Yumiko Kurahashi, Yasushi Inoue, Tsutomu Minakami, Yasunari Kawabata, Shusaku Endo, Minako Oba, Taeko Kono, Mieko Kanai, Takeshi Kaiko, Kenzaburo Oe, Yuko Tsushima, Kenji Nakagami
Kiku's prayer : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kiku's Prayer is told through the eyes of Kiku, a self-assured young woman from a rural Japanese village who falls in love with Seikichi, a devoted Catholic man. Practicing a faith still banned by the government, Seikichi is imprisoned but refuses to recant under torture. Kiku's efforts to reconcile her feelings for Seikichi's religion with the sacrifices she makes to free him mirror the painful, conflicting choices Japan faced as a result of exposure to modernity and the West. Seikichi's persecution exemplifies Japan's insecurities, and Kiku's tortured yet determined spirit represents the nation's resilient soul. Set in the turbulent years of the transition from the shogunate to the Meiji Restoration, Kiku's Prayer embodies themes central to Endo Shusaku's work, including religion, modernization, and the endurance of the human spirit. Yet this novel is much more than a historical allegory. It acutely renders one woman's troubled encounter with passion and spirituality at a transitional time in her life and in the history of her people. A renowned twentieth-century Japanese author, Endo wrote from the perspective of being both Japanese and Catholic. His work is often compared with that of Graham Greene, who himself considered Endo one of the century's finest writers
The Columbia anthology of modern Japanese literature by J. Thomas Rimer( )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection offers a concise yet remarkably rich introduction to the fiction, poetry, drama, and essays that reflect Japan's modern encounter with the West. Spanning a period of exceptional invention and transition, this volume is not only a critical companion to courses on Japanese literary and intellectual development but also an essential reference for scholarship on Japanese history, culture, and interactions with the East and West
Japanese fiction writers since World War II by Van C Gessel( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on post World War II Japanese fiction writers. Novelists who participated in literary activity after 1945 shaped the direction of postwar Japanese fiction. Freed from censorship, significant war literature was written in the decade after the conflict. Established writers were able to resume work interrupted by the war and demands to write propaganda. Female authors would emerge to define the new role of their gender in this post-war period
Japanese fiction writers, 1868-1945( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Japanese authors who achieved prominence and influenced literary development from the beginning of Japan's encounter with the West through the end of World War II. Includes discussion of the interplay between traditional Japanese views of fiction and literary concepts from the West that the Japanese examined, copied, reacted to, as well as the dominate literary form throughout the twentieth century, the I-novel or personal narrative
The sting of life : four contemporary Japanese novelists by Van C Gessel( Book )

13 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When I whistle : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A jaded businessman has a chance encounter with the doctor son of his best friend at school, Ozu, and memories are stirred of a former love interest of Ozu's, Aiko. The son of his friend proves to be contemptuous of the outmoded values of his father's world and ruthless in pursuit of success at his hospital. The story reaches a terrible climax when Aiko, now a middle-aged cancer-sufferer, is admitted to the hospital and Ozu leads the way in experimenting on her with dangerous drugs"
Five by Endo : stories by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here gathered in this small volume are five of the Japanese writer Shusaku Endo's short stories exemplifying his style and his interests, presenting, as it were, Endo in a nutshell. "Unzen," the opening story, touches on the subject of Silence, Endo's most famous novel - that is the torture and martyrdom of Christians in seventeenth-century Japan. Next comes "A Fifty-year-old Man" in which Mr. Chiba takes up ballroom dancing and faces the imminent death of his brother and his dog Whitey. In "Japanese in Warsaw" a business man has a strange encounter; in "The Box" an old photo album and a few postcards have a tale to reveal. Finally included is "The Case of Isobe," the opening chapter of Endo's wonderful novel Deep River."--Jacket
Three modern novelists : Sōseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata by Van C Gessel( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stained glass elegies : stories by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

12 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The acclaimed short stories of the master Japanese writer
Sachiko : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( )

6 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In novels such as Silence, Endō Shūsaku examined the persecution of Japanese Christians in different historical eras. Sachiko, set in Nagasaki in the painful years between 1930 and 1945, is the story of two young people trying to find love during yet another period in which Japanese Christians were accused of disloyalty to their country. In the 1930s, two young Japanese Christians, Sachiko and Shūhei, are free to play with American children in their neighborhood. But life becomes increasingly difficult for them and other Christians after Japan launches wars of aggression. Meanwhile, a Polish Franciscan priest and former missionary in Nagasaki, Father Maximillian Kolbe, is arrested after returning to his homeland. Endō alternates scenes between Nagasaki-where the growing love between Sachiko and Shūhei is imperiled by mounting persecution-and Auschwitz, where the priest has been sent. Shūhei's dilemma deepens when he faces conscription into the Japanese military, conflicting with the Christian belief that killing is a sin. With the A-bomb attack on Nagasaki looming in the distance, Endō depicts ordinary people trying to live lives of faith in a wartime situation that renders daily life increasingly unbearable. Endō's compassion for his characters, reflecting their struggles to find and share love for others, makes Sachiko one of his most moving novels"--
Scandal : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

15 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Qui est cet homme qui ressemble trait pour trait au romancier célèbre Suguro et qui se fait passer pour lui dans les peep-show de Shinjuku? Suguro entreprend une enquête pour s'apercevoir que ce jumeau pervers n'est rien moins qu'une part de lui-même
The final martyrs by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The eleven spiritual narratives in The Final Martyrs are filled with ruminations on ethnicity and morality from Shusaku Endo's unique perspective as a Japanese Christian. Endo used the short story form to try to out ideas that would later emerge as novels. The Final Martyrs begins with the title story that would become Endo's novel, Silence, currently being made into a film by Martin Scorsese starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It is a story about the 18th century Shogunate persecution of Christians in Japan. One cowardly, imprisoned layman quickly denounces his faith during torture. He is set free, but returns to seek redemption from the brothers he betrayed. In the autobiographical "The Box," Endo travels to a small town in northern Japan and discovers a box full of old Christian antiques, including postcards, whose seemingly innocent messages have hidden meanings. Together these stories constitute a singular declaration of faith. The highly acclaimed West Indian author, Caryl Phillips, supplements this collection with an enlightening introduction to Shusaku's life and work." -- Publisher's description
The Columbia anthology of modern Japanese literature by J. Thomas Rimer( Book )

20 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organised chronologically and by genre within each period, these readings reflect profound changes in artistic styles, ideals, and tastes and the growing influence of popular culture
The final martyrs : stories by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking the gospel to the Japanese, 1901-2001( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The samurai : a novel
The Columbia anthology of modern Japanese literatureDeep riverThe Shōwa anthology : modern Japanese short storiesThe Columbia anthology of modern Japanese literatureJapanese fiction writers since World War IIJapanese fiction writers, 1868-1945When I whistle : a novelFive by Endo : stories
Alternative Names
Gessel V. C.

Gessel Van C.

Gessel, Van C. (Van Craig)

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Van C. Gessel académico estadounidense

Van C. Gessel American academic

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Van C. Gessel scoláire Meiriceánach

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