The Shooting Gallery


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.21 X 0.41 X 7.96 inches | 0.34 pounds
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About the Author

Yuko Tsushima was born in Tokyo in 1947, the daughter of the novelist Osamu Dazai, who took his own life when she was one year old. Her prolific literary career began with her first collection of short stories, Shaniku-sai (Carnival), which she published at the age of twenty-four. She won many awards, including the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature (1977), the Kawabata Prize (1983), and the Tanizaki Prize (1998). She died in 2016.
Geraldine Harcourt was awarded the 1990 Wheatland Translation Prize and the 2019 Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize. She had a close working relationship with Yuko Tsushima, and translated many of her works into English. Harcourt lived in New Zealand, where she died in 2019.


[Tsushima's heroines share a] hopeless, level gaze which sees everything, the ability (in spite of having seen everything) to go ahead, eyes on the road-it takes a very special and very personal talent to so convincingly display this....[And] here Tsushima has finally found something like perfection in this imperfect world-Geraldine Harcourt's translations. After the first page, one completely forgets that it is, indeed, a translation one is reading.--Donald Richie
These are stories that cut deeply, and remain etched into your memory long after the last page. Largely billed as a feminist writer, Tsushima evades any label, her fiction transcends gender to focus on the existential loneliness that is at the heart of humanity.--Kris Kosaka
As potent and heady as a dry martini....Tsushima is an archaeologist of the female psyche, reconstructing the burnt nerve endings underneath unprepossessing female exteriors.
Tsushima is a subtle, surprising, elegant writer who courageously tells unexpected truths about an unfamiliar, yet recognizable world.--Margaret Drabble