Siren's Lament: Essential Stories

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Siren's Lament: Essential Stories
Siren's Lament: Essential Stories
$18.00
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Lavishly opulent stories of sensual obsession, cultural heritage, and mythological creatures--translated into English for the first time--from a classic Japanese writer

Featuring "The Qilin," "The Siren's Lament," and the novella Killing O-Tsuya, this gorgeous new edition of 3 classic works translated by Bryan Karetnyk distills the essence of Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's shorter fiction: the co-mingling of Japanese and Chinese mythologies, the chillingly dark side of desire, and the paper-thin line between the sublime and the depraved.


  • "The Qilin" The sage Confucius travels to a kingdom ruled by a struggling duke, whose pursuit of virtue is threatened by his consort's obsession desire for pleasure.
  • Killing O-Tsuya A naïve servant elopes with his master's daughter, only to be plunged headlong into a world of murder and corruption.
  • "The Siren's Lament" Exhausted by a lifestyle of never-ending debauchery, a young prince finds himself in possession of a dazzling, beguiling mermaid.

The essential short works of one of the most important and widely-read figured in modern Japanese literature, author of hugely popular works including In Praise of Shadows, The Makioka Sisters, and Naomi; renowned for his investigations of family dynamics, eroticism, and cultural identity.
Description
Lavishly opulent stories of sensual obsession, cultural heritage, and mythological creatures--translated into English for the first time--from a classic Japanese writer

Featuring "The Qilin," "The Siren's Lament," and the novella Killing O-Tsuya, this gorgeous new edition of 3 classic works translated by Bryan Karetnyk distills the essence of Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's shorter fiction: the co-mingling of Japanese and Chinese mythologies, the chillingly dark side of desire, and the paper-thin line between the sublime and the depraved.


  • "The Qilin" The sage Confucius travels to a kingdom ruled by a struggling duke, whose pursuit of virtue is threatened by his consort's obsession desire for pleasure.
  • Killing O-Tsuya A naïve servant elopes with his master's daughter, only to be plunged headlong into a world of murder and corruption.
  • "The Siren's Lament" Exhausted by a lifestyle of never-ending debauchery, a young prince finds himself in possession of a dazzling, beguiling mermaid.

The essential short works of one of the most important and widely-read figured in modern Japanese literature, author of hugely popular works including In Praise of Shadows, The Makioka Sisters, and Naomi; renowned for his investigations of family dynamics, eroticism, and cultural identity.
ISBN
9781782278092
Publisher
Publication Date
September 25, 2023
Binding
Paperback
Item Condition
New