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Longing and Other Stories | Jun'ichir?. Tanizaki
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Junichir? Tanizaki is one of the most eminent Japanese writers of the twentieth century, renowned for his investigations of family dynamics, eroticism, and cultural identity. Most acclaimed for his postwar novels such as The Makioka Sisters and The Key, Tanizaki made his literary debut in 1910. This book presents three powerful stories of family life from the first decade of Tanizakis career that foreshadow the themes the great writer would go on to explore. Longing recounts the fantastic journey of a precocious young boy through an eerie nighttime landscape. Replete with striking natural images and uncanny human encounters, it ends with a striking revelation. Sorrows of a Heretic follows a university student and aspiring novelist who lives in degrading poverty in a Tokyo tenement. Ambitious and tormented, the young man rebels against his family against a backdrop of sickness and death. The Story of an Unhappy Mother describes a vivacious but self-centered womans drastic transformation after a freak accident involving her son and daughter-in-law. Written in different genres, the three stories are united by a focus on mothers and sons and a concern for Japans traditional culture in the face of Westernization. The longtime Tanizaki translators Anthony H. Chambers and Paul McCarthy masterfully bring these important works to an Anglophone audience.
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These are very good. They're new translations of older stories by this author (whom I had never actually heard of). I think they pulled me in with the cover. Well written short stories are kind of magical imo.

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US pub date is 1/4/2022 (2022 yikes!)
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
EvieBee These sound wonderful! I‘ve only read The Makioka Sisters and loved it. The film is also great. 1w
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