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a ,pronunciation wan, fourth tune as in a (ten thousand) in Chinese, means criss-cross in Japanese, and in this books symbolize the love and lust among two men and two women, homosexual and heterosexual. In the story, Kakiuchi Sonoko and her husband Kotaro lived an unexciting marriage life. After Sonoko met the pretty and passionate Mitsuko at the art class, however, her desire for love had been awaken. Facing the irrational worship from Sonoko , Mitsuko had an ever-increasing sense of accomplishment, and these two begin their intimacy. Watanuki Eijiro, Mitsuko's impotent boyfriend became very jealous of Sonoko for occupying some much more love from Mitsuko, and took his revenge. After that, Kotaro also stepped into the love affairs of these three, and had relation with Mitsuko. After the scandal of the four people exposed, Mitsuko, Sonoko and Kotaro formed a suicide pact for love, promising that after death they would not fight for love... ...In this book, the author once again presented the rich sensual beauty with suffocating aestheticism and satanism that drive readers crazy. Even if in demoralization, he must sing for love. Because he believed that love will make death happier than death; to die for love and set free the bound souls is the most holy conversion ceremony for people who worship love.
Brief introduction to The Key: From now on, if I break the routine and frequently record the secret affairs between the husband and the wife, will she resist the temptation of peeping her husband privacy? ? This is because she is introversion nature, having much curiosity towards the secrets. She also is good at pretending and seldom reveals her inside. What's more hateful, she call this the upbringing of a woman. I used put the key to the drawer with my diary somewhere hidden, and change the hiding places from time to time. But my most curious wife is very likely to know all the places I hide the key. In fact, I am bothering myself unnecessarily, as such kind of key can be easily copied. Although the blood of lust is flowing in my body, how can I have a heart of murdering my husband?? When did that begin and how?? Is it true that after being tortured by that kind of surly, perverted, evil and stubborn husband, a heart, no matter how simple and honest it used to be, will eventually be twisted?? No, it's not like that. I might have given the impression of virtuous and old-fashioned, but that impression is caused by the environment as well as my parents, in fact, I was born with a cold heart. I cannot explain this problem clearly at once, however, judging by the final outcome, it cannot be denied that as a wife, I have been faithful to my husband, and have made him spend his life in a way he hoped for.
An intimate reflection on Japanese art and architecture from one of the country's greatest novelists. This is an enchanting essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. Tanizaki's eye ranges over architecture, jade, food, toilets, and combines an acute sense of the use of space in buildings, as well as perfect descriptions of lacquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. The result is a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age. 'Elegant...a delight to read' Independent on Sunday
These two short novels, published in the early 1930's ranked high in Tanizaki's own estimation of his work. The contrast is stark, but in their controlled complexities of tone, both bear the unmistakable stamp of Tanizaki's hand. The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi deals with the dark sexual obsessions of a sixteenth-century warlord, accidentally initiated in his youth into the morbid rites attendant upon battle. Based on invented documents that overlap with historical reality, the story unfolds a masterly balance of irony and melodrama, elegance and brutality, civilised ritual and vengeful barbarity. Arrowroot too touches on the pursuit of legend. The narrative blends the stories of two friends on an expedition into the mountains south of Kyoto, one of them haunting the traces of a medieval myth, the other in search of a more recent and more private past.
The marriage of Kaname and Misako is disintegrating: whilst seeking passion and fulfilment in the arms of others, they contemplate the humiliation of divorce. Misako's father believes their relationship has been damaged by the influence of a new and alien culture, and so attempts to heal the breach by educating his son-in-law in the time-honoured Japanese traditions of aesthetic and sensual pleasure. The result is an absorbing, chilling conflict between ancient and modern, young and old.
This is the diary of a middle-aged man who is deeply in love with his younger wife, Ikuko. In spite of that love, the pair have grown physically apart, each unsure of the other's desires...until the day Ikuko discovers her husband's diary with its desperate hints of jealousy and voyeurism. Ikuko realises she has found the key to his very soul.
While recovering from a stroke, seventy-seven-year-old Utsugi turns to his diary to wryly record his struggle with his ageing body and his growing desire for his beautiful daughter-in-law Satsuko, a chic, Westernised dancer with a shady past. Shining with a self-effacing humour, Tanizaki's last novel is a tragicomedy about desire and the will to survive.
A seductive psychological thriller about obsession, jealousy and deceit, and a Japanese classic Sonoko Kakiuchi is a cultured Osaka lady in an uninspiring marriage. When she decides to take an art class in town she meets the extraordinary Mitsuko, a woman as beautiful and charismatic as she is cunning. They begin a passionate affair and Sonoko soon finds herself infatuated by Mitsuko, and ensnared in a web of sex, humiliation and deceit. With an introduction by Kristen Roupenian, author of 'Cat Person'