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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1985 - Fiction - 237 pages
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Chronicles the obsessive love of Joji, an engineer in his thirties, for a fifteen-year-old bar hostess who reminds him of Mary Pickford.

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User Review  - Marri - Goodreads

(Some pseudo-spoilery stuff below.) Tanizaki's prose (or at least, the translator's presentation of it) was refreshingly simple and yet insightful. It was believable, and just incongruous and unique ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dru Pagliassotti - Goodreads

This Japanese novel predates Nabokov's Lolita by about 31 years but covers similar territory, although ultimately Joji is more tragic a figure than Humbert Humbert. In 1918 Tokyo, 28-year-old Joji ... Read full review


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A true Edokko (child of Tokyo), born in the low-lying merchant areas of the metropolis, Tanizaki lived his later years in the Kansai region and immersed himself in the traditions of the court culture of ancient Japan. He was also widely read in Western literature. A superb storyteller whose characters delight in the sensual, Tanizaki's tales often combine the erotic with details of traditional Japanese arts. He spent three years translating the eleventh-century novel The Tale of Genji into modern Japanese.

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