What unfolds is a murder mystery that is an homage to the classic American writer Edgar Allen Poe, and a meditation on the art of fiction. The author, Junichiro Tanizaki, was arguably Japan’s greatest twentieth-century novelist.
Tanizaki laminates a murder mystery and psychological study onto a rumination about the nature of fiction itself.
—San Francisco Chronicle
Skillfully and subtly, Tanizaki brushes in a delicate picture of a gentle world that no longer exists.
Tanizaki is a very brilliant novelist.
Tanizaki is one of my favorites. His books are about love and very often perverse aspects of love.
Tanizaki was a great writer. He understood the fetish-making fecundity of love, and the satisfactions it offers even while giving pain, and its perverse, inverse accountings.
The outstanding Japanese novelist of this century.