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Quicksand is a silkily nuanced novel of erotic gamesmanship and obsession. Sonoko Kakiuchi, an Osaka lady of a good family, married to a dully respected lawyer, tells a story of temptation and betrayal. Sonoko is infatuated with the beautiful art student and femme fatale Mitsuko, a woman so seductive and heartless she can even turn Sonoko's husband into her own accomplice.Filled with intrigue and treacherousromance, readers will be entranced by Tanizaki s seminal novel. At once savagely funny and timorously exact in its portrayal of sexual enthrallment, Quicksand is beautifully and mysteriously contrived. Newsday "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679760221
ISBN-10: 0679760229
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 5-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

Junichiro Tanizaki was born in Tokyo in 1886 and lived there until the earthquake of 1923, when he moved to the Kyoto-Osaka region, the scene of his novel The Makioka Sisters (1943-48). Among his works are Naomi (1924), Some Prefer Nettles (1928), Quicksand (1930), Arrowroot (1931), A Portrait of Shunkin (1933), The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi (1935), modern versions of The Tale of Genji (1941, 1954, and 1965), Captain Shigemoto's Mother (1949), The Key (1956), and Diary of a Mad Old Man (1961). By 1930 he had gained such renown that an edition of his complete works was published, and he was awarded Japan's Imperial Prize in Literature in 1949. Tanizaki died in 1965.

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