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Reading Faust in Shimoda

Back in the last days of the samurai, some years before the Meiji Restoration pushed Japan into the modern world, a German ex-priest named Wilhelm Mundt lived for seven years at Gyokusenji Temple at the northeast part of Shimoda Bay, on the tip of the Izu Peninsula. How he came to live there during Japan’s...

Vol. XXVIII No. 1 (Spring 2015)

Stefano De Luigi/VII / “Hiding in the City: The Art of Liu Bolin”“In order to survive, hiding is often key. Human beings are not animals. Because they do not know how to protect themselves.” Poetry Dario Bellezza, from Nothingness, Glamour, Farewell, from Notes for a Novel in Verse. Translated from the Italian by Peter Covino...