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Gessel, Van C.

Overview
Works: 47 works in 269 publications in 2 languages and 9,599 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography‡vDictionaries  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Samurai fiction  Novels  Reference works  Religious fiction  Dictionaries  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Other, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PL849.N4, 895.635
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Van C Gessel
 
Most widely held works by Van C Gessel
Deep river by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,121 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 Columbia anthology of modern Japanese literature by J. Thomas Rimer( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 863 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
The Shōwa anthology : modern Japanese short stories by Van C Gessel( Book )

14 editions published between 1984 and 1992 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japanese fiction writers since World War II by Van C Gessel( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 663 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 )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 641 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
When I whistle : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 462 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"--Amazon.com
The sting of life : four contemporary Japanese novelists by Van C Gessel( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The samurai : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

17 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 398 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 Shōwa anthology : modern Japanese short stories : 1929-1984( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 389 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
Five by Endo : stories by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 364 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 )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stained glass elegies : stories by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stories from this collection share many of the themes that are familiar to Endo's novels: the struggle to maintain Christian faith in a Japanese context, the muted drama of hospital life, the spiritual doubts that lie beneath the surface of everyday life. They draw generously on the author's experiences and, on one level, can be read as a fictional autobiography. In particular, Endo explores what it means to be a member of the "war generation", the group with perhaps the greatest sense of personal and national loss in the history of Japanese civilization
The final martyrs by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 111 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
Scandal : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 81 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
From 1945 to the present( Book )

18 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 41 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
Taking the gospel to the Japanese, 1901-2001( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The literature of Kojima Nobuo, Yasuoka Shōtarō, and Endō Shūsaku : cripples, clods, and cowards in contemporary Japanese fiction by Van C Gessel( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 1989 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Showa anthology : modern Japanese short stories by Van C Gessel( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kiku's prayer : a novel by Shūsaku Endō( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Endo Shusaku was a renowned twentieth-century Japanese author who wrote from the unusual perspective of being both Japanese and Catholic. His work is often compared to that of Graham Greene, who himself considered Endo one of the century's finest writers. A historical novel set in the turbulent period between the fall of the shogunate and the Meiji Restoration, Kiku's Prayer embodies themes central to Endo's work, including religion, modernization, and the endurance of the human spirit
 
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Deep river
Alternative Names
Gessel V. C.

Gessel, Van C.

Gessel, Van Craig

V. C. Gessel

Van C. Gessel

Van C. Gessel American academic

Van C. Gessel Amerikaans vertaler

Languages
English (213)

Japanese (4)

Covers
The Columbia anthology of modern Japanese literatureJapanese fiction writers since World War IIJapanese fiction writers, 1868-1945When I whistle : a novelThe samurai : a novelThe Shōwa anthology : modern Japanese short stories : 1929-1984Five by Endo : storiesThree modern novelists : Sōseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata