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AUTHOR
Shiba Ryōtarō - (1923-1996) is one of Japan’s best-known writers, famous for his direct tone and unflinching depictions of war. He was drafted into the Japanese Army, served in the Second World War and subsequently worked for the newspaper Sankei Shimbun. He is most famous for his numerous works of historical fiction.


TRANSLATORS AND EDITOR
To introduce Shiba’s Clouds above the Hill to English readers, Japan Documents has brought together three of the best translators of Japanese work today.

Juliet Winters Carpenter has translated more than fifty Japanese works into English on a wide variety of topics, among them Shiba’s The Last Shogun, Abe Kōbōs Secret Rendezvous, and Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa, a memoir by Kurosawa’s assistant, Nogami Teruyo. Carpenter has won numerous awards over her long illustrated career. 

Andrew Cobbing, Lecturer in Japanese history at the University of Nottingham, U.K, is the author of The Japanese Discovery of Victorian Britain: Early Travel Encounters in the Far East. He was one of the translators of The Iwakura Embassy, 1871-3: A True Account of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary’s Journey of Observation through the United States of America and Europe, The monumental account of the first overseas diplomatic mission undertaken by Meiji officials after Japan’s centuries of isolation (published by Japan Documents in 2002 and Cambridge University Press in 2009). 

Paul McCarthy, also an award-winner, is the distinguished translator of three works by Tanizaki Junichirō, the internationally renowned novelist: Childhood Years; A Cat, a Man and Two Women; and The Gourmet Club. Recently, McCarthy has turned his talents to the translation of poetry and fiction by other distinctive writers like Nakajima Atsushi and Kanai Mieko.

Phyllis Birnbaum, acclaimed biographer, novelist, and translator, is the editor of these volumes. Her most recent book is Glory in a Line: A Life of Foujita, the Artist Caught between East and West.


 

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