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Memories of the Warrior Kumagai: A Historical Novel Donald Richie

Memories of the Warrior Kumagai: A Historical Novel

Donald Richie

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In this retelling of an old tale, a warrior wrestles down an enemy commander only to discover his foe is as young as his own son. Shaken and unable to abide by his duty and slay the youth, he decides to become a monk. This famous encounter betweenMoreIn this retelling of an old tale, a warrior wrestles down an enemy commander only to discover his foe is as young as his own son. Shaken and unable to abide by his duty and slay the youth, he decides to become a monk. This famous encounter between Kumagai no Jiro Naozane and Taira no Atsumori during Japans Heike wars has been an important part of Japans historical and religious tradition ever since. In Memoirs of the Warrior Kumagai, Donald Richie challenges and upends conventional versions of this incident, even as he vividly evokes the world of the twelfth century Japanese warrior with uncompromising precision and authority. The result is a historical novel in the grand tradition, a work at once fresh and timeless.