... travels to Japan
|Japan was like a magnet
drawing my soul
to a place where it had never been before.
In the preface to »June30th, June 30th« Richard Brautigan tells the story of his relationship with Japan, which begins with the Second World War. The child, who kills imaginary Japanese enemies to thousands, becomes an inspired reader of the Japanese literature, who views curiously Zen and the culture of Japan.
I was seventeen and then eighteen and began to read Japanese haiku poetry from the Seventeenth Century. I read Basho and Issa. I liked the way they used language concentrating emotion, detail and image until they arrived at a form of dew-like steel.
Richard Brautigan in June 30th, June 30th, quoted after Claudia Großmann, p.104
|While American literature criticism of the 70's does not deal very friendly with the successors of »Trout Fishing«, reactions in Japan are quite different.|
|Resonance and experiences in Japan are encouraging for Richard Brautigan. That doesn't only apply to irrelevant things as book writing. There is finally something more important.|
The Hillary Express
I just ordered my first meal
Watch out Mount Everest!
Richard Brautigan, June 30th, June 30th
|Richard Brautigan's Mount Everest, based on literary success, is »Trout Fishing«. He can't get on well with the fact that from the summit there's only one direction ...|