Five Women Who Loved Love by Saikaku Ihara
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Five Women Who Loved Love
By Saikaku Ihara

Five Women Who Loved Love

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Translated by W.T.De Bary See other recent books by W.T.De Bary
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Five Women Who Loved Love by Saikaku Ihara

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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."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804801843
ISBN-10: 0804801843
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 107mm x 18mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Tuttle Publishing
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publish Date: 22-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Life of an Amorous Woman and Other Writings by Saikaku Ihara Life of an Amorous Woman and Other Writings, Paperback (February 1969)

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Author Biography - Saikaku Ihara

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."

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