Paul McCarthy

The winner of the Japan–U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for this translation, Paul McCarthy has also translated Tanizaki’s Childhood Years and The Gourmet Club (with Anthony Chambers). 

A Cat, A Man, and Two Women

by Junichiro Tanizaki

Translated from the Japanese by Paul McCarthy

The three pieces in this collections—the novella “A Cat, A Man, and Two Women” and two shorter pieces, “The Little Kingdom” and “Professor Rado”—are lighthearted and entertaining variations on one of Tanizaki’s favorite preoccupations: dominance and submission in relationships, complicated here by customs, public opinion, and comic grotesqueries. In the title piece, the bumbling Shozo is caught in the middle of an ongoing struggle between his ex-wife and her younger successor.…
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