A Cat, a Man, and Two Women: Stories

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Kodansha International, 1990 - Japan - 164 pages
A novella and two shorter pieces are variations on a favorite theme: dominance and submission in private relationships. The "man" in the title piece is a typical Tanizaki hero caught up in a war between his former wife and her willful young successor. "The little kingdom" describes the shifting relationship between a hard-pressed schoolteacher and a small but indomitable pupil determined to establish his own rule. The book ends with a sly portrait of a self-important academic, seen from the point of view of a journalist. In a series of interviews where the professor responds to questions merely with grunts the journalist discovers a scandalous hidden side.

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Loved it. Loved the description of the cat and how he is portraied in the novel. The relationship that estabelishes this love triangle is amazing. How both women are so geously of the little cat Lily ... Read full review

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