Jiro Osaragi

Jiro Osaragi 大佛次郎

Jiro Osaragi  (1897–1973)  was born in Tokyo and studied political science at the University of Tokyo, where he acquired an anti-authoritarian outlook on life. He worked at Japan's Foreign Ministry in 1922, but decided to devote himself full-time to writing after the 1923 earthquake that destroyed much of Tokyo. In 1924 he published his first acclaimed work, Hayabusa no Genji (Genji the Falcon), inspired by a story by Edgar Allan Poe. After World War II he served two months in the government as a cabinet councillor. Thereafter he won lasting fame for his historical novels. He also wrote novels placed against a contemporary background, including several that portrayed the anguish suffered by Japanese intellectuals under the wartime military regime.

Books by Jiro Osaragi
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    The Forty-Seven Ronin

    This novel depicting one of the most famous examples of bushido, the code of the samurai, is based on a series of incidents that took place between 1701 and 1703. In 1701 an imperial envoy visited the castle of the shogun in Edo (now Tokyo) with New Year …