Diary of a Mad Old Man / Edition 1by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
Pub. Date: 07/30/1991
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying, his libido still rages on unwittingly sparked by the gentle, kindly attentions of his daughter-in-law Satsuko, a chic, flashy dancer with a shady past. Pitiful and ridiculous as he is, Utsugi is without a trace of self-pity, and his diary shines with self-effacing good humor. At once hilarious and of a sadness, Diary of a Mad Old Man is a brilliant depiction of the relationship between eros and the will to live a novel of the tragicomedy of human existence.
Translated from the Japanese by Howard Hibbett
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This book is about Utsugi, an elderly man in poor health that has an infatuation with his daughter-in-law, Satsuko. She's a former dancer with a shady past. Utsugi writes all about his adventures with and without her in his diary and tells us about his health afflictions, medications and various treatments he undergoes. Overall, this is a good book, not one of Junichiro Tanizaki's best, but still a rewarding read.