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The Makioka sisters

Author: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki; Edward Seidensticker
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage International edView all editions and formats
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In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. The story of these women, the Makioka sisters, forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family--and an entire society--sliding into the abyss of modernity. Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki; Edward Seidensticker
ISBN: 0679761640 9780679761648
OCLC Number: 32511029
Description: 530 p. ; 21 cm.
Other Titles: Sasameyuki.
Responsibility: Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated from the Japanese by Edward G. Seidensticker.
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In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. The story of these women, the Makioka sisters, forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family--and an entire society--sliding into the abyss of modernity. Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the prestige of her family name even as her husband prepares to move their household to Tokyo, where that name means nothing. Sachiko compromises valiantly to secure the future of her younger sisters. The unmarried Yukiko is a hostage to her family's exacting standards, while the spirited Taeko rebels by flinging herself into scandalous romantic alliances. The resulting novel is filled with vignettes of upper-class Japanese life, capturing both the decorum and the heartache of its protagonists.

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