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Confessions+of+Love+308 - In Irozange the love suicide of a...

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In Irozange the love suicide of a young artist just returned from Paris is told in the form of his story. That artist is Togo Seiji. I heard Seiji's story from time to time during the five or six years that I lived with him, and using this as the basis, I made a narrative in my own style . It gives me pause to think of myself as someone who made a novel out of the incredibly shocking story of the man with whom I lived. I also pause when I think about the state of mind of a man who told me such stories. All of this happened at a certain point when we were both young; now I feel something akin to gratitude toward Seiji. It's a bit ironic that the general evaluation is that this work is the most interesting thing I've written Uno Chiyo, in a foreward to Irozange
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"I wonder where I should start?" he said, reflecting for some time before slowly starting to speak: I’d been living abroad and as soon as I returned home I rented a small house in Kamata with three rooms downstairs and two upstairs. Since I occupied the upstairs and my wife and child the downstairs, we led almost completely separate lives. We had decided to get a divorce some time before that and were only waiting for a few details to be settled. I must say that I found myself absolutely charmed by the beauty of the Japanese women I had not seen for ten years. As soon as I woke up I would rush out of the house to roam through the streets and prowl through the dance halls and cafes. I would be very late before I returned home and I often didn’t see my wife for days. p. 3
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There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; that identity is performatively constituted by the very “expressions” that are said to be its results. Judith Butler,
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ASIAN 302 taught by Professor Ito during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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