The Reed Cutter and Captain Shigemoto's Mother: Two Novellas

The Reed Cutter and Captain Shigemoto's Mother: Two Novellas

by Junichiro Tanizaki
     
 

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One of the great novelists of the twentieth century, Junichiro Tanizaki wrote about love--and sex--with a breathtaking suppleness of style and a vast depth of literary allusion. In these two novellas, brilliantly translated by Anthony H. Chambers and appearing in paperback for the first time, Tanizaki probes the translucent screen that separates idealized yearning… See more details below

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One of the great novelists of the twentieth century, Junichiro Tanizaki wrote about love--and sex--with a breathtaking suppleness of style and a vast depth of literary allusion. In these two novellas, brilliantly translated by Anthony H. Chambers and appearing in paperback for the first time, Tanizaki probes the translucent screen that separates idealized yearning from humiliating obsession in a society of impenetrable decorum.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These charming but brittle novellas highlight Tanizaki's fascination with courtly Japanese history. ``The Reed Cutter,'' originally published in 1932, is narrated by a contemporary traveller who finds a peaceful sandbar on which to meditate about ancient poetry and courtesans. The narrator is joined by an Osaka antiques dealer, who relates the story of a strange love triangle involving his father, his father's wife and her sister, the aristocratic and lovely Miss Oyu. In ``Captain Shigemoto's Mother'' (1949-50), a craven, high-ranking 10th-century diplomat steals away the young wife of his septuagenarian uncle, separating her from her four-year-old son. Tanizaki describes this peculiar event in compelling detail, then explains how it affected the principal players' subsequent lives, closing with the moving reconciliation of the adult Captain Shigemoto and his elderly mother. The stories are learned and oddly pleasing, although obscure references and occasionally precious writing (perhaps the fault is in the translation) will limit their appeal. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679757917
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Series:
Vintage International
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,368,470
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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