Yukiko Koda, a young typist, and Kengo Tomioka, a technical officer, had fallen in love with each other in Japanese-occupied Indochina during the war. However, when Tomioka comes into Yukiko's life again in postwar Japan, he is a completely changed man. Yukiko is dragged into a destructive relationship with Tomioka, and they unsuccessfully attempt a double suicide. Fleeing from subsequent failed affairs, Tomioka goes off to the remote island of Yakushima to work, and Yukiko desperately follows him. Considered one of Hayashi's masterpieces, this novel adopts a nihilistic perspective in its scrutiny of the essential nature of human beings.
Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd.
French, Arabic, English