Marxism

Yukio MishimaYukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

Yukio Mishima, Masahiko Akuta, and others, "Yukio Mishima vs. the University of Tokyo Zenkyoto 1969-2000" - What was that legendary debate? A recommended work to learn about the students' thoughts and relationships with each other!

結局、あの東大全共闘は何だったのか・・・安田講堂に立てこもり火炎瓶を投げつけた学生達や内ゲバを繰り返したセクトたちと何が違うのか・・・。

私にはこれがどうしてもわからなかったのです。三島由紀夫と討論した彼らは一体何者だったのか。彼らも内ゲバや暴力をしていたのだろうか・・・。

そんな疑問を抱えていた私にとって本書はあまりにありがたい作品となりました。

いや~ものすごい本です。計15時間にも及ぶ濃密な討論がこの本で文字化されています。東大全共闘とは何だったのか、三島由紀夫との対談は何だったのかということを知るのにこの本は最高の資料になります。この時代の雰囲気を感じるためにもぜひぜひこの本はおすすめしたいです。

The Zenkyoto Generation as an IdeologyYukio Mishima and Japanese Literature

Shuhei Kosaka, "Zenkyoto Generation as an Ideology" - Recommended work to feel the spirit of the times from the 60's through the author's personal narrative.

学生紛争とは何だったのか。

あの時代を知らない私からすれば、あまりに不思議でどう理解してよいかもわからぬ複雑怪奇な存在でした。

本書は著者の個人的な語りを通して全共闘や赤軍まで見ていきます。

全共闘や学生紛争についての入門として本書は非常におすすめです。この時代を知らない私達若い世代こそこの本を読むべきではないかと思います。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。

Tomorrow won't be so dark.Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

E. Saratchandra, "Tomorrow Is Not So Dark" Synopsis and Comments - A novel about Sri Lanka in 1971, the year of the armed uprising by Marxist students.

I cannot help but feel a sense of connection with this novel and its timing. I strongly feel that I had to read this novel before going to Sri Lanka.

This work is also a very important insight into the student conflict in Japan.

As a novel, it is very easy to read and I read through it in one sitting. He is indeed a leading Sri Lankan writer.

It was a great piece that gave me another new perspective on Sri Lanka.

I would highly recommend this work.

end of timeBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

M. Wickramasinghe's "The End of Time" Synopsis and Comments - A masterful film about Sri Lanka, a country shaken by Marxism and class struggle!

労働者を搾取して成り上がった大資本家サウィマンに強く反抗する息子マーリン。彼は「あの二人はもうすでに精神的に腐敗している。今さら両親の心を改悛させる人間は周りに誰もいないからね!」と親友の医者アラウィンダに打ち明けます。彼の反抗はもはや家庭内だけの問題ではなく、コロンボ市民を巻き込む政治運動へと展開していきます。

本作ではこうした資本家と労働者のせめぎ合いや暴動も描かれます。当時コロンボで何が起きていたのかをかつてジャーナリストであったウィクラマシンハが物語にして具現化したのがこの小説です。これまで彼の三部作を読んできて感じたように、この作品でも彼の繊細な心理描写は精彩を放っています。

ウィクラマシンハの小説はスリランカの姿を知るのに最高の手引きとなります。

The Legacy of Buddhist ModernismBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

Yoshio Sugimoto, "The Legacy of Buddhist Modernism" - Why did the Sri Lankan Civil War Occur? Buddhist Nationalism and the Link Between Religion and Violence

Sri Lankan scholar Ovesekara called the Sri Lankan Buddhism created by Dharmapala "Protestant Buddhism (Reform Buddhism). Sri Lankan Buddhism may give the impression that it is the inheritance of the oldest Buddhism, but in fact it was not, but rather a movement that became active in the 19th century. This book takes a detailed look at the history of how Buddhism and Sinhalese nationalism became linked and led to civil war. In particular, we will take a close look at the life of Dharmapala, as if he were a biography. The book is a unique history of Sri Lankan Buddhism.

Faith in Modern ChinaChinese Buddhism, Thought and History

Ian Johnson, Faith in Modern China - A look at the reality of religious life under the Communist regime! A non-fiction book that questions what faith is all about!

この本は宗教を禁じていた共産党中国において、今宗教はどのような状況になっているかを追っていく作品です。

現在の中国の宗教事情を知れたのは非常に興味深いものがありました。

ただ、本書でも述べられていたのですが、近年共産党当局が厳しい統制をかけているため今後どうなるかはわからないというのは非常に恐ろしく感じました。

この本は私達の知らない中国を目の当たりにすることになります。著者が実際に長期の密着取材をしたからこその情報が満載です。現代中国の宗教事情を知るのにこの本は非常におすすめです。ぜひ手に取ってみてはいかがでしょうか。

中国人の宗教Chinese Buddhism, Thought and History

Koichi Matsumoto, "What is the Chinese Religion, Taoism" - Recommended as an introduction to Taoism! Lots of photos and documents.

道教は中国人の生活にあまりに深く根付いています。そして興味深いことに、儒教と仏教とも混じり合って今も信仰されているとのこと。これは日本人の宗教のありかたとも似ていますよね。

道教は日本人にとってはなかなかイメージしにくいものではありますが、この本では写真や資料も多数掲載されていますので視覚的にも優しい作りになっています。

解説も初学者でもわかりやすく読めるよう配慮されているのも嬉しいです。

道教の入門書としてぜひおすすめしたい一冊です。

Stalin's LibraryHistory of the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin

Jeffrey Roberts, "Stalin's Library" - A novel biography of Stalin from the perspective of reading. How did he view Dostoevsky?

Hating him doesn't explain why and how he went to such lengths."

This is a very important point made by the author. If we put Stalin away as just a big bad man, that is where our thinking ends.

This is a very stimulating book that looks at Stalin from the perspective of "reading" to find out why he was able to become a dictator and what was behind his success. The author's courage to attack from a minor angle, "reading," which in a sense is not easily associated with dictatorships, is nothing short of amazing. It is very innovative.

有閑階級の理論Marx Engels Writings and Related Works

Veblen, "The Theory of the Aristocracy" - The secrets of wealth, desire, and human psychology are laid bare! A masterful book full of bombshells!

No one who reads this book will ever look at the consumption of goods the same way again."

That's exactly right! In this book, there are a lot of naked bombshells that make you want to say, "You can't say that! But when you think about it, you can't help but nod your head and say, "Well, maybe Veblen is right....

There are tremendously exciting words that keep coming up in this book. I can only say that you should read and experience this. I hope you will enjoy Veblen's bombshells.

It was a real pleasure to encounter this book through Hirofumi Uzawa. It was a work that left a strong impact on me as well. I would highly recommend this work.

社会的共通資本Marx Engels Writings and Related Works

Hirofumi Uzawa, "Social Common Capital" - Proposals by a leading Japanese economist who was one of the first to advocate the commons!

This book was published in 2000. Now it is 2023, and I feel that the world is even worse off than the world Hirofumi Uzawa saw. What would Hirofumi Uzawa say if he were alive today? This is a big question for me to think about.

Reflect on the excesses of capitalism and rethink social common capital. This book makes it clear that this is an urgent task. It makes you think about how critical the situation is today.

This recommendation by a leading Japanese economist is so valuable.

It may be a little tough to start reading from this book suddenly, so we recommend you start with "The Man Who Fought Against Capitalism: Hirofumi Uzawa and the World of Economics" by Minoru Sasaki.