Vita sexualis

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C. E. Tuttle Co., 1972 - Fiction - 153 pages
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Though banned three weeks after its publication in 1909, Vita Sexualis is far more than a prurient erotic novel. The narrator, a professor of philosophy, wrestles with issues of sexual desire, sex education, and the proper place of sensuality. His story explores his own journey into sexual awareness, spanning fifteen years, from his first exposure to erotic wood-cuts at the age of six, to his first physical response to a woman, and his eventual encounter with a professional courtesan. Beyond being a poignant account of one boy's coming of age, Vita Sexualis is also an important record of Japan's moral struggles during the cultural upheaval of the last years of the Meiji era.

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User Review  - Francesco D'Isa - Goodreads

An erotic autobiography that ends (almost) before sex. The sexual education of a Japanese man of the early twentieth century holds the secret of the sexual behavior of a contemporary Japanese man ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alice Jennings - Goodreads

The best thing Mori has written. Very easy to read, reads like a autobiography of growing up in changing Japan when homosexuality became questionable rather than honourable- ahead of its time ... Read full review


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When I was seventeen

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Ogai Mori's (1862-1922) brilliant ascent in the literary world of the Meiji and Taisho eras puts him in the foremost rank of modern Japanese novelists.