The Siren’s Lament: Essential Stories
Lavishly opulent stories of sensual obsession, cultural heritage, and mythological creatures—translated into English for the first time—from a classic Japanese writer
Featuring “The Qilin,” “The Siren’s Lament,” and the novella Killing O-Tsuya, this gorgeous new edition of 3 classic works translated by Bryan Karetnyk distills the essence of Jun'ichirō Tanizaki's shorter fiction: the co-mingling of Japanese and Chinese mythologies, the chillingly dark side of desire, and the paper-thin line between the sublime and the depraved.
- “The Qilin”: The sage Confucius travels to a kingdom ruled by a struggling duke, whose pursuit of virtue is threatened by his consort's obsession desire for pleasure.
- Killing O-Tsuya: A naïve servant elopes with his master's daughter, only to be plunged headlong into a world of murder and corruption.
- “The Siren’s Lament”: Exhausted by a lifestyle of never-ending debauchery, a young prince finds himself in possession of a dazzling, beguiling mermaid.
The essential short works of one of the most important and widely-read figured in modern Japanese literature, author of hugely popular works including In Praise of Shadows, The Makioka Sisters, and Naomi; renowned for his investigations of family dynamics, eroticism, and cultural identity.
Praise for The Siren’s Lament: Essential Stories
“In these stories we have that still-young man, randy and undisciplined, ranging everywhere for pleasure.” — The Washington Post
“Undiscovered jewels.” — Guardian
Praise for Jinochiro Tanizaki:
“Junichiro Tanizaki may well prove to be the outstanding Japanese novelist of this century” — New York Times Book Review
“Japan's great modern novelist. Tanizaki createda lifelong series of ingenious variations on a dominant theme: the power of love to energize and destroy” — Chicago Tribune
“Tanizaki writes with an unabashed sensuality” — John Updike