Synopses & Reviews
From the renowned author of The Makioka Sisters come two slyly witty and psychologically sophisticated novels of sexual and romantic obsession.
In The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi, Junichiro Tanizaki reimagines the exploits of a legendary sixteenth-century samurai as a sadomasochistic dance between the hero and the wife of his enemy. Arrowroot, though set in the twentieth century, views an orphan's search for his mother's past through the translucent shoji screen of ancient literature and myth. Both works are filled with shocking juxtapositions and transformations: severed heads become objects of erotic fixation; foxes turn into human beings; an aristocratic lady loves and pities the man she is plotting to destroy. Tanizaki's gifts are on display: his confident storytelling, luminous detail, and astonishingly vital female characters.