Foreign Studies

Foreign Studies In the early s Shusaku Endo spent several years as an exchange student studying in Paris Around him existentialism Sartre and Beckett were making the city the literary and philosophical capital

  • Title: Foreign Studies
  • Author: Shūsaku Endō Mark Williams
  • ISBN: 9780720612264
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the early 1950s, Shusaku Endo spent several years as an exchange student studying in Paris Around him existentialism, Sartre, and Beckett were making the city the literary and philosophical capital of the world But for Endo, the experience was deeply alienating, and he came away infected with tuberculosis, his studies incomplete, and having convinced himself that therIn the early 1950s, Shusaku Endo spent several years as an exchange student studying in Paris Around him existentialism, Sartre, and Beckett were making the city the literary and philosophical capital of the world But for Endo, the experience was deeply alienating, and he came away infected with tuberculosis, his studies incomplete, and having convinced himself that there could be no cultural commerce between East and West Foreign Studies consists of three linked narratives exploring this theme The first part, A Summer in Rouen, concerns Kudo, a Japanese student invited to France in the 1950s It is a lucent snapshot of a young man who feels adrift in a Western country The second part, Araki Thomas, sees Endo on familiar territory as he tells of an apostate Japanese Catholic who has visited 17th century Rome And You, Too, the third part, is the story of Tanaka, a Japanese scholar of French literature who visits France in the 1960s to research the life and work of the Marquis de Sade.

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    • Eustacia Tan says:

      Foreign Studies is actually a collection of two short stories and one novel, but all of them deal with the topic of studying abroad (specifically, in France). And since it's Endo, I picked it up as soon as I saw it.The first story is 'A Summer in Roan' and is about a Japanese student in the village of Roan. Though everyone is kind, he feels like he doesn't belong and the longer he stays, the more he feels like a coward for remaining polite and in the village.The second story, 'Araki Thomas', has [...]

    • Nina says:

      This, for me, wasn't the best of Endo's novels although it contains the similar theme of the great divide between eastern and western cultures. The third story that occupies the majority of the novel felt overly bleak and depressing and I was struggling a little to finish it. Nevertheless, it's the first Endo novel that I didn't like as much as his other novels.

    • James says:

      This is very introspective and sad, like a lot of Japanese literature I've read. There were moments in this book where I felt that the author had captured a feeling perfectly, or created a tone extremely well. I very much enjoyed it. Would have given it five stars but I found the second of the three stories pretty uninteresting.

    • Karen says:

      A little dated as the globalised world and mass travel has changed things enormously since this was written, but the reflections on not fitting in (being foreign) are timeless. Subtle and thoughtful.

    • Jeff says:

      Thematically OK, but, such sleepy prose. I've noticed the same with other Japanese authors I've read. Perhaps this is the nature of Japanese literature, or the nature of the translations, I dunno

    • Tim says:

      Closer to 3.5/5 I have liked everything I've read by Endo so far.

    • Alan Hartman says:

      Excellent sensitive account of the tribulations of studying in an alien culture. Insightful aspects of cross cultural issues.

    • Michael Scott says:

      Although not the best of Shusaku Endo's books (The Samurai and Silence seemed better), Foreign Studies is perhaps the closest to a memoir. Built as a collection of short stories, the longest spanning about 100 pages, this book follows the Japanese on a first, student visit to Europe. The three stories cover each a facet of this story, with the longest of the three focusing on the life of Tanaka, the French literature student who sets for Paris around 1965; the other two are set in obscure 1950s [...]

    • Howard says:

      from 65, mostly a book about the feelings of inadequacy and loneliness experienced by lecturer Tanaka during a stay in Paris to research the Marquis de Sade, prefaced by two shorter pieces. melancholy, but involving and enjoyable too. ultimately scary because Tanaka is so emotionally detached from de Sade's madness

    • Jane says:

      Interesting look at Japanese expats in Europe through the ages. 2 short stories and one novel covering the same topic. Melancholic in tone. Well written. I would give it a higher star rating if it hadn't have depressed me so.

    • Andrew Herron says:

      I read this set of novellas while living in Beijing. That was a head trip.

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