This is the diary of a middle-aged man who is deeply in love with his younger wife, Ikuko. In spite of that love, the pair have grown physically apart, each unsure of the other's desires...until the day Ikuko discovers her husband's diary with its desperate hints of jealousy and voyeurism. Ikuko realises she has found the key to his very soul.
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Scintillating, elegant, darkly comic, The Key is the story of a dying marriage, told in the form of parallel diaries. After nearly thirty years of marriage, a dried-up, middle-aged professor frenziedly strives for new heights of carnal pleasure with his repressed, dissatisfied wife, resorting to stimulants galore for her: brandy, a handsome young lover. During the day, they record their adventures of the previous night. When they begin to suspect each other of peeping into their respective diaries, it becomes unclear whether each spouse's confessions might not be intended for the other's eyes.
Translated from the Japanese by Howard Hibbett.From the Back Cover:
"At once sensational and serious...the translation by Howard Hibbett beautifully captures the male-female interplay of the two diaries." -- The New York Times Book Review
"That [The Key] is a work of art can never be in doubt. Tanizaki's style in this novel has been compared...to that of Andre Gide, and Howard Hibbett's translation bears an appropriate resemblance to ...Gide in English." -- New Statesman
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Descrizione libro Perigee, 1981. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0399505229
Descrizione libro Putnam Publishing Group, The, 1981. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. First Printing. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0399505229