A major discovery: Tanizaki's wonderful final novel - now available as a paperback

The Maids, Tanizaki's final novel, sparkles like a jewel. Over the years - before, during, and after WWII - many women work in the pampered, elegant household of the famous author Chikura Raikichi, his wife, and her younger sister. Though the family's quite well-to-do, the house is small; the proximity of the maids helps perhaps to explain Raikichi's extremely close, and somewhat eroticized, observation of all their little ways. In the sensualist patrician Raikichi, Tanizaki offers a richly ironic self-portrait, but he presents as well an exquisitely nuanced chronicle of change and loss: centuries' old values and manners are vanishing, and here - in the evanescent beauty of all the small gestures and intricacies of private life - we find a whole world passing away.

Genre: Sagas

Used availability for Junichiro Tanizaki's The Maids

Paperback Editions

July 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Maids
Author(s): Junichiro Tanizaki
ISBN: 0-8112-2874-6 / 978-0-8112-2874-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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