Diary of a Mad Old Man / Edition 1

Diary of a Mad Old Man / Edition 1

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by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0679730249

ISBN-13: 2900679730247

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,

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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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ISBN-13:
2900679730247
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/30/1991
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192

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Diary of a Mad Old Man 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.