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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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I really enjoyed this story. It is a strange story and I hate to say that the reasons behind some of the events are never revealed. None-the-less, it was still a gripping tale full of mystery and wonder. Read full review

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I am amazed! If there is a thing called the women literature, this book is the pinnacle of that. A very deep yet entertaining story by a woman about women. Your pleasure would be doubled if you have ... 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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