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The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi / Arrowroot

(1983)
An omnibus of novels by

 
 
From a Japanese master of romantic and sexual obsession come two novels that treat traditional themes with sly wit and startling psychological sophistication. In The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi, Junichir Tanizaki reimagines the exploits of a legendary samurai as a sadomasochistic dance between the hero and the wife of his enemy. Arrowroot, though set in the twentieth century, views an adult orphan's search for his mother's past through the translucent shoji screen of ancient literature and myth.

Both works are replete with shocking juxtapositions. Severed heads become objects of erotic fixation. Foxes take on human shape. An aristocratic lady loves and pities the man she is conspiring to destroy. This supple translation reveals the full scope of Tanizaki's gift: his confident storytelling, luminous detail, and astonishingly vital female characters.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi and Arrowroot: Two Novels
Author(s): Junichiro Tanizaki, Anthony H Chambers
ISBN: 0-375-71931-8 / 978-0-375-71931-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Secret History Of The Lord Of Musashi (Vintage Classics)
Author(s): Junichiro Tanizaki
ISBN: 0-09-928317-4 / 978-0-09-928317-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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May 1991 : USA Paperback
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Title: Two Novels: The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi and Arrowroot
Author(s): Junichiro Tanizaki
ISBN: 0-86547-470-2 / 978-0-86547-470-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: North Point Pr
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