Tokyo : University of Tokyo Press, 1977
Shimazaki's 1906 classic of modern Japanese literature portrays a young man born into the Burakumin outcaste class and his struggle against both social discrimination and his own hypocrisy.
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Well-known early novel about the "problem" of the Eta outcastes; the hero is an Eta whjose father has insisted he "pass" for normal Japanese. He has become a popular school teacher, but jealous colleagues "out" him as Eta. Ultimately he accepts his heritage. Besides realistic school intrigue this includes some beautiful descrption of Japanese landscape of the isolated Eta village to which he returns for his father's funeral.