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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  - Alexis Ancona - Goodreads

Having finished this novel a week ago, I find myself still processing the numerous layers and symbols throughout the text. The juxtaposition of the narrative, The Tale of Genji, and the No Theatre ... Read full review

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User Review  - Liam - Goodreads

Wow. This book, while well written, is sort of disturbing. Not gonna lie. The plot is extremely convoluted and disturbing. I commend it for being a very pro-feminist book, but it seems to also ... 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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