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Title:
The key
Author:
Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō, 1886-1965.
General Note:
Translation of Kagi.

Originally published by Knopf, New York.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780399505225
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Book

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Summary

Scintillating, elegant, darkly comic, The Key is the story of a dying marriage, told in the form of parallel diaries. After nearly thirty years of marriage, a dried-up, middle-aged professor frenziedly strives for new heights of carnal pleasure with his repressed, dissatisfied wife, resorting to stimulants galore for her: brandy, a handsome young lover. During the day, they record their adventures of the previous night. When they begin to suspect each other of peeping into their respective diaries, it becomes unclear whether each spouse's confessions might not be intended for the other's eyes. Translated from the Japanese by Howard Hibbett. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.


Author Notes

Jun'ichiro Tanizaki was born in Tokyo, Japan on July 24, 1886. He was a modern Japanese novelist, whose writing is characterized by eroticism and ironic wit. His novels include Some Prefer Nettles, The Makioka Sisters, The Key, and Diary of a Mad Old Man. In 1949, he won the Asahi Prize and was awarded the Order of Culture by the Japanese government. He died of a heart attack on July 30, 1965.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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