June 6th, 2020

June 7, 2020

I read No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. It reminded me of a Nobel Sansyouuo by Masuji Ibuse. The both story’s theme is imprisonment. No Exit.


Then, I thought Masuji’s Sansyouuo is much simpler to explain about imprisonment.


Sartre’s is that the interaction between men and women is distracting from the main subject.


However, Sartre wanted to talk about existence in this story,


I am the stupid one that compares these stories.


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2 Responses to “June 6th, 2020”

  1. Pamela says:

    From Jean Paul Sartre to Masuji Ibuse seems seriously impressive reading! Heart rendering ruminations on notions of existence, freedoms and suffering. I read Black Rain many years ago – it was life changing.

  2. minikonote says:

    Dear Pamela,
    I have not read Black Rain yet. I’ve just ordered the book.
    I have a favorite poem.
    It is a poem written by Tang Dynasty poet Ubu Ryou. It was translated by Ibuse. I love Ibuse’s translation very much. Do you know this poem?
    Ubu Ryou’s title is 勧酒 Toast. But, Ibuse’s transrated title is サヨナラだけが人生だ Sayonara dake ga jinnseida. I can say it in English- “life is only for goodbye(farewell)”. But, if I have better English skills it could say nicer.
    Ibuse’s translation shows his genius.
    I put a rink that explain the poem. Sorry, it is not English. But, I think you can figure it out because you can read Chinese.

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