The Resource The maids, Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated by Michael P. Cronin

The maids, Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated by Michael P. Cronin

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The maids
Title
The maids
Statement of responsibility
Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated by Michael P. Cronin
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  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
Summary
"The Maids is a jewel: an astonishing complement to The Makioka Sisters, set in the same house, in the same turbulent decades, but among the servants as much as the masters. The Maids concerns all the young women who work -- before, during, and after WWII -- in the pampered, elegant household of the famous author Chikura Raikichi, his wife Sanko, and her younger sister. Though quite well-to-do, Raikichi has a small house: the family and the maids (usually a few, sharing a little room next to the kitchen) are on top of one another. This proximity helps to explain Raikichi's extremely close observation of the maids and their daily lives, although his interest carries with it more than a dash of the erotic, calling to mind Tanizaki's raciest books such as Diary of a Mad Old Man and The Key. In the sensualist, semi-innocent, sexist patrician Raikichi, Tanizaki offers a richly ironic self-portrait, but he presents as well a moving, nuanced chronicle of change and loss: centuries-old values and manners are vanishing, and here -- in the evanescent beauty of the small gestures and intricacies of private life -- we find a whole world to be mourned. And yet, there is such vivacity and such beauty of writing that Tanizaki creates an intensely compelling epic in a kitchen full of lively girls. Ethereally suggestive, sensational yet serious, witty but psychologically complex, The Maids is in many ways The Makioka Sisters revisited in a lighter, more comic mode"--
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1886-1965
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Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō
Dewey number
895.63/44
Index
no index present
Language note
Published as Daidokoro taiheiki in Japanese (Tōkyō : Chūō Kōron Shinsha, 1974)
LC call number
PL839.A7
LC item number
D3513 2017
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cronin, Michael P.
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  • Women household employees
  • Japan
  • Japan
  • Domestic fiction
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The maids, Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated by Michael P. Cronin
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Note
  • A New Directions book
  • "Published by arrangement with Chuokoron-Shinsha and the Wylie Agency"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
176 pages
Isbn
9780811224925
Lccn
2016037889
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)951925656
  • 738935
  • (OCoLC)ocn951925656
  • 738935
Label
The maids, Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated by Michael P. Cronin
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • A New Directions book
  • "Published by arrangement with Chuokoron-Shinsha and the Wylie Agency"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
176 pages
Isbn
9780811224925
Lccn
2016037889
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)951925656
  • 738935
  • (OCoLC)ocn951925656
  • 738935

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