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Titel:Gongitsuné A. The lonely fox.(translation)
Autor:Niimi Nankichi
Weitere Beteiligte: Pye, Michael
URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:04-es2015-00022
DDC:800 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft


Kinderliteratur, Japanese literature, Fuchs, fox, Japanische Literatur, Niimi Nankichi, Niimi Nankichi, children´s literature

This is an English translation of a story for children entitled "Gongitsune" written by the Japanese writer Niimi Nankichi. It speaks of an orphaned fox who develops sympathy for a peasant whose mother dies, leaving him alone in the world. However, the peasant fails to understand the kindnesses of the little fox and the story takes a tragic end. In Japanese folk tradition and literature the fox (kitsune) is often an ambiguous creature who can take on human characteristics in a provisional manner (hence gon-), often teasingly. Here the tricks of the little fox are overlaid by his compassionate actions. The present document file is entitled Gongitsuné A (translation). An explanatory postscript to this story is in preparation and will be published in the same place in due course under the document title Gongitsuné B (postscript).

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