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Five Women Who Loved Love

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"Five charming novellas…which have astonishing freshness, color, and warmth." —The New Yorker

First published in 1686, this collection of five novellas was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy world that was Genroku Japan, and the book's popularity has increased with age, making it today a literary classic like Boccaccio's Decameron, or the works of Rabelais.

The book follows five determined women in their always amorous, erotic and usually illicit adventures. The five heroines are Onatsu, already wise in the ways of love the tender age of sixteen; Osen, a faithful wife until unjustly accused of adultery; Osan, a Kyoto beauty who falls asleep in the wrong bed; Oshichi, willing to burn down a city to meet her samurai lover; and Oman, who has to compete with handsome boys to win her lover's affections.

But the book is more than a collection of skillfully told erotic tales, for "Saikaku…could not delve into the inmost secrets of human life only to expose them to ridicule or snickering prurience. Obviously fascinated by the variety and complexity of human love, but retaining always a sense of its intrinsic dignity…he is both a discriminating and compassionate judge of his fellow man."

Saikaku's style, as allusive as it is witty, as abbreviated as it is penetrating, is a challenge that few translators have dared to face, and certainly never before with the success here achieved in a translation that recaptures the heady flavor of the original.

Synopsis:

First published in 1686, Five Women Who Loved Love was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy, life-loving world that was Genroku Japan.

Synopsis:

First published in 1686, this collection of five novellas was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy world that was Genroku Japan, and the book's popularity has increased with age, making it today a literary classic like Boccaccio's Decameron, or the works of Rabelais.

Synopsis:

First published in 1686, this collection of five novellas was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy world that was Genroku Japan, and the book's popularity has increased with age, making it today a literary classic like Boccaccio's Decameron, or the works of Rabelais.

About the Author

Saikaku Ihara (1641 – 93), novelist and poet, is credited with founding the genre called ukiyo-zoshi (books of the floating world), a type of popular fiction written between the 1680s and the 1770s. Once downgraded as vulgar, today Saikaku is acclaimed a great realist, largely because of his minute and accurate delineation of characters, customs, and events of his day.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804801843
Author:
Saikaku, Ihara
Author:
Ihara, Saikaku
Author:
De Bary, William Theodore
Author:
Saikaku, Ihara
Author:
de Bary, William Theodore
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Subject:
General
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
Japanese literature
Subject:
Translations from japanese
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
anthology; japan; japanese fiction; romance; erotica
Subject:
chinese classics; chinese romance; erotica; chinese erotica; romance novel; chinese romance; classic chinese literature; classic chinese novel; chinese literature; chinese novel; han dynasty; chinese epic; chinese legends; chinese legends and myths;
Subject:
chinese classics ; chinese romance ; erotica
Subject:
han dynasty ; chinese epic ; chinese legends ; chinese legends and myths
Subject:
chinese romance ; classic chinese literature ; classic chinese novel ;
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Tuttle Classics
Publication Date:
19891231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 11 oz

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First published in 1686, Five Women Who Loved Love was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy, life-loving world that was Genroku Japan.
"Synopsis" by , First published in 1686, this collection of five novellas was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy world that was Genroku Japan, and the book's popularity has increased with age, making it today a literary classic like Boccaccio's Decameron, or the works of Rabelais.
"Synopsis" by , First published in 1686, this collection of five novellas was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy world that was Genroku Japan, and the book's popularity has increased with age, making it today a literary classic like Boccaccio's Decameron, or the works of Rabelais.
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