BETWEEN THE EAGLE AND THE SUN: Traces of Japan.
Edition: First printing.
Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, (1996.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Intriguing glimpses of people and customs in modern Japan, written by a man born in Egypt, living in America as a university professor, who visited Japan ten times between 1974-91. From the dj flap: "The result is not a book about "them," some alien people living on a distant island, but rather a book about the author himself, living among others, living and seeing himself sometimes as another, assaying always to read the hieroglyphs of his past in the scripts of Japan. Lucid as it is intensely felt, at once lyrical and critical, the work offers a beguiling vision of Japan and, by tacit contrast, of America. For writing, the author says, is more than praise or blame, it is also knowledge, empathy, and delight. These attributes are evident in Hassan's treatment of Japanese culture, its people and scenes. Indeed, the people, rendered in vibrant portraits throughout the book, abide when all the shadows of romance and exasperation have fled." Includes a photo essay. xx, 206 pp. ISBN: 0-817308199.
Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.