The voice is insistent, attractive, persuasive - the voice of a cultured Osaka lady, unfortunately widowed young. Sonoko Kakiuchi's story, however, is unsettlingly at odds with her image. It is a tale of infatuation and deceit, of deliberate evil. Its theme is humiliation, its victim Sonoko's mild-mannered lawyer husband. And at its center - seducing, manipulating, enslaving - is one of the most extraordinary characters ever created by the great Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki, the beautiful and totally corrupt art student Mitsuko. Partly a black comedy - the plot sometimes resembles bedroom farce - partly an exploration of sexual obsession and pain, Quicksand is the last major Tanizaki novel to be translated, largely because of the extreme difficulty in capturing the narrator's precise tone in English. In this Howard Hibbett has succeeded brilliantly. As a master-work on the level of Some Prefer Nettles and Diary of a Mad Old Man, and as a triumph of the translator's art, Quicksand is both important and utterly engrossing.
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Best Novel Ever WrittenUser Review - Asian Lit Girl - Borders
This novel is so cleverly written it poses the question: How did Tanizaki know so much about the inner workings of the female mind? Not only is the book a fantastic read for anyone looking for a few ... Read full review
QuicksandUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Good news for Tanizaki fans: the master Japanese novelist, author of The Makioka Sisters and Some Prefer Nettles (both currently available from Perigee: Putnam. 1981) , is ably represented by two new ... Read full review