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Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, 1983 - Fiction - 141 pages
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'Clear and powerful' (Kirkus), Masks is perhaps Fumiko Enchi's finest work and her first to be translated into English. In this stunning and subtle novel about seduction and infidelity in latter-day Japan and about the destructive force of feminine jealousy and resentment, Mieko Togano, a handsome and cultivated woman in her 50s, manipulates--for her own bizarre purposes--the relationship between her widowed daughter-in-law, Yasuko, and the two men in love with her.

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User Review  - Matt Raymond - Goodreads

Masks is hardcore manipulation at its finest. It's completely bizarre, but absolutely creepy and engrossing. I want more, but at the same time I read it with this strange horror at what was going on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

The writing or perhaps the translation doesn't always flow smoothly, but I still found the story interesting, especially from a cultural aspect. This book was published in 1958 and references a fair ... Read full review


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Educated in the classics, Enchi Fumiko began writing plays but turned to fiction. Her novels and short stories often focus on the emotional lives of middle-aged women struggling against the constraints of Japanese society. Enchi's translation into modern Japanese of the Heian Period novel, The Tale of Genji, was widely respected. Allusions to Genji and the device of imbedding classical elements within the modern story enrich her fiction.

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