Author of The Makioka Sisters, In Praise of Shadows, and A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965) is arguably the greatest Japanese writer of the twentieth century. J. Keith Vincent is professor of Japanese and comparative literature at Boston University, and his translation of Okamoto Kanoko's A Riot of Goldfish won the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature.
Tanizaki laminates a murder mystery and psychological study onto a
rumination about the nature of fiction itself.--Devils in
An absorbing read...quite likely you'll gulp it all down in a single sitting.--Tony Malone
It is no bad thing to be reminded from time to time that Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's remarkably fresh and intimate voice is speaking to us across a gulf of years and cultures.--Edmund Gordon"They Couldn't Cover Up" (08/18/2017)
Tanizaki is one of my favorites. His books are about love and very often perverse aspects of love.--Henry Miller
Tanizaki was a great writer. He understood the fetish-making fecundity of love, and the satisfactions it offers even while giving pain, and its perverse, inverse accountings.--John Updike
The outstanding Japanese novelist of this century.--Edmund White