Vintage Classics Japanese Series
VINTAGE JAPANESE CLASSICS – masterpieces of Japanese fiction in gorgeous new gift editions.
Tanizaki's masterpiece is the story of four sisters, and the declining fortunes of a traditional Japanese family. It is a loving and nostalgic recreation of the sumptuous, intricate upper-class life of Osaka immediately before World War Two. With surgical precision, Tanizaki lays bare the sinews of pride, and brings a vanished era to vibrant life.
‘The outstanding Japanese novelist of the century...The Makioka Sisters is his greatest book’ Edmund White, New York Times Book Review
VINTAGE JAPANESE CLASSICS – following on from the success of Vintage Russian Classics and European Classics, these are covetable new editions of the best Japanese writers on the Vintage list
“An exquisite novel about four sisters living though a turbulent decade, during the Forties and Fifties, I'd put it in the 10 greatest books of the 20th century”
“One of the books I return to frequently is Junichiro Tanizaki’s The Makioka Sisters: a near-perfect novel”
“A complex, detailed and agreeably gossipy book...The author's obvious nostalgia for this vanished world does not prevent him from looking objectively at its darker side and this, together with his artful blend of the exotic and the mundane, creates an absorbing and richly textured story”
“A subtle, moving novel”
“A classic novel of a whole country about to turn on the terrible hinge of the war into modernity; its tone is elegiac and bleak”
“The work of Tanizaki offers to us in the West one of the most valuable keys to understanding the Japanese crisis of identity”
“An extraordinary book which can truly be said to break new ground”
“The outstanding Japanese novelist of the century...The Makioka Sisters is his greatest book”
Edmund White,, New York Times Book Review