Junichiro Tanizaki

Junichiro Tanizaki was one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, known for his explorations of sexuality and the dynamics of family life. His works often juxtapose traditional Japanese aesthetics with modern themes.


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  1. 1. Some Prefer Nettles

    "Some Prefer Nettles" is a novel that explores the complexities of a failing marriage in early 20th century Japan. The main characters, a husband and wife, are both aware of their fading love for each other and are drawn to other people, but are hesitant to divorce due to societal pressures and the welfare of their young son. The novel also delves into the cultural tension between traditional Japanese customs and the encroaching influence of Western culture.

    The 963rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Makioka Sisters

    "The Makioka Sisters" is a novel set in pre-World War II Japan, following the lives of four sisters from a once-wealthy Osaka family. The story focuses on their struggles to maintain their traditional lifestyle and status in a rapidly changing society. The two elder sisters are concerned with finding a suitable husband for the third sister, while the youngest sister, more modern and independent, resists the constraints of her family's expectations. The book provides a detailed and nuanced exploration of the clash between tradition and modernity in Japanese society.

    The 1369th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Diary Of A Mad Old Man

    This narrative unfolds through the diary entries of an elderly, affluent man who is grappling with the physical and mental deteriorations of aging. As he becomes increasingly dependent on his carefree and manipulative daughter-in-law, Satsuko, a former dancer with dubious morals, he develops an obsessive fascination with her. This obsession provides him with a perverse form of vitality, fueling his will to live despite his failing health. The diary serves as a candid exploration of desire, the complexities of human relationships, and the inevitable decline that comes with old age, all set against the backdrop of post-war Japan. Through his introspective and sometimes delusional musings, the protagonist reveals the depths of his loneliness and his struggle to find meaning in his twilight years.

    The 4169th Greatest Book of All Time