By Philip Gabriel
"Spirit concerns" is a ground-breaking paintings, the 1st to discover a wide diversity of writings on spirituality in modern jap literature. It attracts on a number of literary works, from vastly well known fiction (Miura Ayako's "Hyoten" and "Shirokari move" and the novels of Murakami Haruki) to extra frustrating "serious" fiction (Oe Kenzaburo's "Somersault") to nonfiction meditations on martyrdom and miracles (Sono Ayako's "Kiseki") and the dynamics of spiritual cults (Murakami's interviews with participants of Aum Shinrikyo in "Underground"). the 1st half the amount specializes in the paintings of 2 girls Christian writers, Miura Ayako and Sono Ayako. Combining a decidedly evangelistic bent with the formulation of the preferred novel, Miura's 1964 novel "Hyoten" (Freezing element) and its sequel are wonderful perennial bestsellers, but in addition deal with non secular concerns - like unique sin - which are principally unexplored in glossy eastern literature. Sono's "Kiseki" (Miracles) and Miura's "Shiokari cross" concentrate on the that means of self-sacrifice and the amazing and survey either the trails in which humans come to religion and the non secular doubts that assail them. probably such a lot notable for Western readers, Gabriel finds how Miura's novel exhibits the lingering resistance to Christianity and its oppositional nature in Japan, and the way in "Kiseki" Sono considers the type of religious struggles many eastern Christians adventure as they struggle to reconcile their trust in a minority religion.