- 言語文化研究 (ISSN:13405632)
- vol.10, pp.87-108, 2003-02-20
Dogura Magura (Going Around in Circles) is a long fiction written by Yumeno Kyusaku. It is an eccentric story told by a mental patient, dealing with the fearful figure of the modern civilization and what is the true nature of humanity. Dogura Magura begins with a man (the narrator) who waked to find himself in a small room of a mental hospital. He has lost his memory. A man called Dr. Wakabayashi takes him to an office, where the doctor shows him many things including a story entitled Dogura Magura and Dr. Masaki's testament. Dr. Masaki is a genius scientist who presented a new theory of psychology named Sinri iden (psychological heredity). The outline of this theory is given in his testament. He asserted that human embryos dream about their ancestors' experience in the womb, and that mental disease comes from this memory. I don't think that Kyusaku believed in the theory he had created in the novel, but the reader can grasp the depth of human psyche through this theory. The composition of this novel is remarkably complicated, which also convey Kyusaku's message. The narrator of Dogura Magura finds a story entitled Dogura Magura in the novel. Dogura Magura has confusions of timeline. The reader can recognize the mystery of human psyche through the experience of such dizziness.