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  1. d d says:

    gai Mori fue un tipo extra o Ten a el m s alto cargo para un m dico militar en el gobierno imperial japon s, y sin embargo, tambi n se dedicaba a traducir del franc s, del ingl s y del alem n O sea, dedic su vida a dos de las ocupaciones humanistas m s respetadas de Jap n la medicina y la educaci n No recuerdo donde le que est considerado como el padre de la literatura moderna japonesa, junto con Soseki Efectivamente tiene un estilo sobrio, viril pero nunca abandona la poes a y ciert gai Mori fue un tipo extra o Ten a el m s alto cargo para un m dico militar en el gobierno imperial japon s, y sin embargo, tambi n se dedicaba a traducir del franc s, del ingl s y del alem n O sea, dedic su vida a dos de las ocupaciones humanistas m s respetadas de Jap n la medicina y la educaci n No recuerdo donde le que est considerado como el padre de la literatura moderna japonesa, junto con Soseki Efectivamente tiene un estilo sobrio, viril pero nunca abandona la poes a y cierta forma de humanismo Un ejemplo bell simo del nivel de sutileza que maneja gai es el siguiente fragmento Es cuando el protagonista tiene 14 a os y va a la casa de su amigo, Eiichi Su amigo no est , pero s su madrastra, que lo invita a pasar, se sientan los dos en la baranda del jard nI could smell her sweat, her face powder, the oil she used on her hair I moved a little to the side She smiled, though I didn t know why She almost seemed to press her cheek against mine as she peered at me from the side Her breath fell against my face I felt that breath was strangely hot And at the same time it suddenly occurred to me that Eiichi s mother was a woman For some reason or other I became terrified I might have even turned pale Suddenly overcome with confusion and bowing three or four times, I broke into a run Between the thick growth of plants in the garden of our lord s mansion was a ditch into which water from a small pond ran after passing over a small dam On the sandy soil at the edge of this ditch where horsetails were growing, tall trees among the thick growth of vegetation were casting lingering shadows slightly to the west Having run as far as this spot, I threw myself down on the sand and lay on my back Directly above me clusters of trumpet flowers were blooming as if aflame The cries of the locusts were vigorous, energetic There were no other sounds It was the hour when the great god Pan still sleeps I pictured to myself a multitude of images.Esta novela corta refiere un tema que es muy caro a mi coraz n la representaci n de la sexualidad en la literatura japonesa gai va m s all , uno de los ejes que se plantea su protagonista con el que comparte muchos rasgos biogr ficos es la posibilidad de uni n entre sexualidad y amor Por supuesto que el autor entiende que sexualidad no es solo genitalidad De hecho su protagonista se pregunta todo el tiempo porqu sus amigos, sus vecinos y sus compa eros de clase est n tan obsesionados con el sexo, y l no Lo que pesa en el joven protagonista es, ni m s ni menos, el peso del deber el estudio y el deber hacia sus padres El mismo protagonista se autodefine como apol neo , yo dir a que el protagonista anda entre la asexualidad y la represi n impuesta en su familia En ciertos aspectos esta novelita es hermana de esa obra maestra que es Kokoro El conflicto entre los deseos individuales y la tradici n paterna, entre el deseo propio y el deber Pero sobre todo, ambas obras retratan una sensibilidad particular en las relaciones entre hombre y mujer A pesar de que aqu gai tiene una clara intenci n de crear un tono moral son muchos los personajes que se desv an del camino de la virtud , abandonan las obligaciones, etc , tambi n se detallan mucho los gestos, la sensibilidad que a principio parece tan enigm ticaI couldn t help feeling moved But I had no way of putting these feelings into words If I offered him some meaningless words of consolation, he would not have hesitated to show his anger All I could do was remain silent


  2. David David says:

    Writer explores his fairly aloof sexuality.When he was six he glimpsed a naughty book over the shoulder of a young virgin.When he was seven a local rustic made shouty reference to his parents bedroom activities.When he was ten he found someporn Started to think about genitals.Autumn of that year overheard local toughs at a festival.When he was eleven moved to Tokyo Retainer takes him to Yoshiwara for tea just tea with a prostitute Catches a naughty play Hears ser Writer explores his fairly aloof sexuality.When he was six he glimpsed a naughty book over the shoulder of a young virgin.When he was seven a local rustic made shouty reference to his parents bedroom activities.When he was ten he found someporn Started to think about genitals.Autumn of that year overheard local toughs at a festival.When he was eleven moved to Tokyo Retainer takes him to Yoshiwara for tea just tea with a prostitute Catches a naughty play Hears servants flirting At boarding school, older boys keep trying to seduce him.When he was thirteen new boarding school consists of the mashers effeminate heterosexuals and queers macho homosexuals, largely from Kyushu for some reason Carries a knife everywhere to escape the latter.When he was fourteen is in trouble for eating in a restaurant with a friend, who wanted to celebrate his first kiss with a girl Another friend s step mum gets a bit close.When he was fifteen friends with Koga and Kojima Kojima is strictly virginal Koga tries to be chaste, but is a raging queer.Fall of the same year friend Koga is in love with a boy called Adachi.When he was sixteen still a virgin, masturbatingfrequently.When he was seventeen hint of a marriage proposal.When he was eighteen is a maid falling in love with him When he was nineteen watches young men and their interactions with geisha at parties.When he was twenty meets a girl at the very start of possible marriage negotiations.Beginning of winter that same year gets laid When he was twenty one once you pop, you can t stop


  3. Anita Anita says:

    Despite what the title seems to promise, the book itself is mainly a reflection on life, its driving forces and to what degree can sexuality be counted among them.The body of the novel is short, to the point, and throughout its entirety there are numerous hints that the author questions the validity of several literary trends and social s of his time In the very beginning of the book he writes that either the Japanese have lost their minds from all the sex found in contemporary novels or hi Despite what the title seems to promise, the book itself is mainly a reflection on life, its driving forces and to what degree can sexuality be counted among them.The body of the novel is short, to the point, and throughout its entirety there are numerous hints that the author questions the validity of several literary trends and social s of his time In the very beginning of the book he writes that either the Japanese have lost their minds from all the sex found in contemporary novels or his narrator is the most frigid man alive Therefore I found it profoundly ironic, and funny, that he then proceeded to write about the sexual awakening and life of the narrator, a Philosophy professor, while never actually explicitly describing any of the acts.While the novel may or may not have autobiographical content, I chose to read it as the author s attempt to shed some light on the dubious question of Japanese sexuality during the Meiji era, from its red light districts to its extremely puritan and moralistic public facade.In conclusion, all I can say is that I liked this book better than Gan and that I would not hesitate to read it again


  4. Alice Jennings Alice Jennings says:

    The best thing Mori has written Very easy to read, reads like a autobiography of growing up in changing Japan when homosexuality became questionable rather than honourable ahead of its time Considering the significance of the book in Japanese literature and how quick it is too read, its an excellent book to add to the read list


  5. Robert Robert says:

    Fascinating What was controversial then is tame by today s standards, but that s partly what makes it fascinating to draw contemporary parallels while reading it You have to stick with this book til the end It s the third person wrap up at the end that makes it extraordinary.


  6. Gardy (Elisa G) Gardy (Elisa G) says:

    Mi fa sempre sorridere e riflettere sullo straordinario potere dell erotismo il fatto che questo romanzo breve di Mori Ogai concepito come ironica condanna degli allora dilaganti shishosetsu romanzi verit in cui gli autori giapponesi scandalizzavano il pubblico con i racconti pi intimi e spinti del loro coming of age sia pubblicato da ES nella collana biblioteca dell eros Ai tempi 1909 il diario dei primi turbamenti amorosi del giovane Kanai fece scalpore, ma oggigiorno davvero di Mi fa sempre sorridere e riflettere sullo straordinario potere dell erotismo il fatto che questo romanzo breve di Mori Ogai concepito come ironica condanna degli allora dilaganti shishosetsu romanzi verit in cui gli autori giapponesi scandalizzavano il pubblico con i racconti pi intimi e spinti del loro coming of age sia pubblicato da ES nella collana biblioteca dell eros Ai tempi 1909 il diario dei primi turbamenti amorosi del giovane Kanai fece scalpore, ma oggigiorno davvero difficile rintracciarvi dell erotismo in senso lato, soprattutto perch con grande ironia si tratteggia un giovane frigido, maestro di passivit e del lasciato per perso di ogni tentativo di contatto dell altro sesso.L edizione di ES un filo datata ma davvero fantastica Ornella Civaldi traduce bene, con rispetto per la cultura originale ma con doverose note esplicative e una doppietta introduzione postfazione che rende anche il lettore casuale pi che consapevole e in grado di apprezzare il lavoro di Ogai Se mi assicurassero sempre lavori di questo tipo, baratterei le durissime coste piantachiodi di ES con le vetuste traduzioni dall inglese di Einaudi e Feltrinelli o con la risposta antologica che mi diede Neri Pozza quando chiesi se non fosse il caso di mettere un glossario in coda ai loro Soseki tanto c Google Un bel volume, sicuramente non imperdibile se volete provare Mori Ogai, consiglierei di partire da L oca selvatica , pi occidentale, pi struggente e un filo meno didascalico Il mio pi grande cruccio di non averlo mai potuto confrontare con uno degli shishosetsu scabrosi di cui Ogai e Soseki tanto si lagnavano Se invece cercate un libro erotico, state perdendo tempo Voi state cercando un libro di Junichiro Tanizaki Tipo La Chiave


  7. aya aya says:

    An interesting fictional record of the sexual or non sexual life of a young Japanese philosopher in the Meiji era Ogai was opposed to the Japanese naturalist movement, which he believed put sex and sexuality at the root of all actions He uses this account to refute this idea sexuality is portrayed as neither the motivating force in life nor something that one slips into organically Although the basic premise of the novel seemed to me both truthful and innovative for its time 1909 , I thou An interesting fictional record of the sexual or non sexual life of a young Japanese philosopher in the Meiji era Ogai was opposed to the Japanese naturalist movement, which he believed put sex and sexuality at the root of all actions He uses this account to refute this idea sexuality is portrayed as neither the motivating force in life nor something that one slips into organically Although the basic premise of the novel seemed to me both truthful and innovative for its time 1909 , I thought that it went a little too far in its rejection of eros and sexuality Still, I enjoyed it muchthan hisfamous Wild Geese


  8. Nicola Nicola says:

    Read for my literature class.Very easy to read in terms of style and also quite humorous at times, especially when the narrator describes his childhood experiences I found the first half of the book muchenjoyable and interesting than the second half It was clearly a groundbreaking work at its time of publication, but I didn t find it particularly engaging.


  9. Howard Howard says:

    Historically banned I think mainly for the male gay love in the school this is a story, diary in the growing up of this Japanese youth Each year from aged 6 sees his virginity and social upbringing play out in a subtle, of its time, of its place oriental setting I liked the understated drive of the narrative but some how by trying to avoid the naturalism of Zola et al the tale lacked passion which I might add so did the youth himself.


  10. Gertrude & Victoria Gertrude & Victoria says:

    Vita Sexualis is a diary of one man s sexual awakening from awareness, to growing understanding, to consuming desire, and finally, to swift action These accounts begin at the age of six and end at twenty one It is an interesting read, but not essential reading If you only read one Mori Ogai work, read his popular The Wild Geese However, if you have a fancy for this kind of thing, then by all means, go for it.


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Vita Sexualis Though banned three weeks after its publication in , Vita Sexualis is far than a prurient erotic novel The narrator, a professor of philosophy, wrestles with issues of sexual desire, sex education, and the proper place of sensuality He tells the story of his own journey into sexual awareness, spanning fifteen years, from his first exposure to erotic woodcuts at the age of six, to his first physical response to a woman, and his eventual encounter with a professional courtesan Beyond being a poignant account of one boy s coming of age, Vita Sexualis is also an important record of Japan s moral struggles during the cultural upheaval of the last years of the Meiji eraIn response to the publication of Vita Sexualis, Ogai Mori was reprimanded by Japan s vice minister of war