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Childhood Years: A Memoir

Tanizaki, Junichiro

Verlag: Kodansha Amer Inc, 1988
ISBN 10: 0870118633 / ISBN 13: 9780870118630
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Titel: Childhood Years: A Memoir

Verlag: Kodansha Amer Inc

Erscheinungsdatum: 1988

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Set against the modernization of Japan and World War II, the personal diary of Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's early years offers a moving look at one of Japan's modern novelists. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0870118633

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Inhaltsangabe: Set against the modernization of Japan and World War II, the personal diary of Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's early years offers a moving look at one of Japan's modern novelists.

Über den Autor: Jun'ichiro Tanizaki was born in central Tokyo in 1886. After becoming an overnight celebrity with his literary debut in 1910, he produced a steady stream of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and translations for the next fifty-five years. His versatility is further demonstrated by the film scenarios he wrote for a Yokohama studio in 1920-21. The 1923 Tokyo earthquake forced him to move to the Kansai region, where he chose to remain for most of the rest of his life. Trips to Korea and China in 1918 and to Shanghai in 1926 were his only overseas experiences. By 1948, when he completed The Makioka Sisters, he was widely considered the preeminent Japanese novelist. In 1949 he received the Order of Culture, the highest honor the emperor can bestow on an artist.

He married three times; his third wife, Matsuko, shared the last thirty years of his life. Even in his seventies he was still startling readers with audacious fiction like The Key and Diary of a Mad Old Man, and a year before his death in Atami in 1965 he was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the first Japanese to be so honored.

Translations of his work began to appear as early as 1917, and by now his novels have been published in at least twenty different languages. Donald Keene's assessment appears to be coming true: "It is likely that if any one writer of the period will stand the test of time and be accepted as a figure of world stature, it will be Tanizaki."

Paul McCarthy, Professor of Comparative Cultures at Surugadai University, has translated Tanizaki's "The Little Kingdom," "Professor Rado," The Gourmet Club, and A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, which won the Japan-America Friendship Commission Prize. He has also translated Takeshi Umehara's Lotus and Other Tales of Medieval Japan and Zenno Ishigami's Disciples of the Buddha.

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