Masks by Fumiko Enchi

Masks by Fumiko Enchi. Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter. 1983 Aventura edition, 141 pages. Fumiko Enchi was the pen-name of Fumi Ueda, a Japanese author and playwright. According to the Japan Times: "In the midst of Showa Era (1926-89) Japan, with patriarchy dominating and imperialism rising, a young female playwright, Fumiko Enchi (1905-86), started a literary career that would eventually lead her to become a passionate advocate for female empowerment, while casting a critical, penetrating eye over her own sex." Masks was the first novel of hers translated into English and is about a mother-in-law's jealousy and manipulations surrounding her son's widow.

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