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Some Prefer Nettles

Some Prefer Nettles - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679752691

Cover of Some Prefer Nettles 95 (ISBN 978-0679752691)
ISBN13: 978-0679752691
ISBN10: 0679752692
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 1995
International: No

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Some Prefer Nettles - 95 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679752691

Junichiro Tanizaki

ISBN13: 978-0679752691
ISBN10: 0679752692
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 95
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 1995
International: No
Summary

This is an exquisitely nuanced novel about the allure of Japanese tradition--and about the profound disquiet that accompanied its passing. This is the tale of Kaname and his wife, Misako, living in Tokyo in the 1920s. Having long since stopped sleeping together, they share a parody of a Western marriage, while Kaname sanctions his wife's liaison with another man. At the heart of this arrangement lies a sadness that impels Kaname to take refuge in the past, in the serene rituals of the classical puppet theater, and in a growing fixation with his father-in-law's mistress, O-hisa. Ethereally suggestive, psychologically complex, Some Prefer Nettles is a major work of fiction that addresses the crises of every culture as it hurtles into modernity. Translated from the Japanese and with an Introduction by Edward G. Seidensticker.

Author Bio

Tanizaki, Junichiro :

Junichiro Tanizaki was born in Tokyo in 1886 and lived there until the earthquake of 1923, when he moved to the Kyoto-Osaka region, the scene of his novel The Makioka Sisters (1943-48). Among his works are Naomi (1924), Some Prefer Nettles (1928), Quicksand (1930), Arrowroot (1931), A Portrait of Shunkin (1933), The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi (1935), modern versions of The Tale of Genji (1941, 1954, and 1965), Captain Shigemoto's Mother (1949), The Key (1956), and Diary of a Mad Old Man (1961). By 1930 he had gained such renown that an edition of his complete works was published, and he was awarded Japan's Imperial Prize in Literature in 1949. Tanizaki died in 1965.