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Black humor (Literature)
|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Tanizaki, Junʼichirō, 1886-1965.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1994
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|Description:||224 p. ; 21 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Junʼichirō Tanizaki ; translated from the Japanese by Howard Hibbett.|
Partly a black comedy - the plot sometimes resembles bedroom farce - partly an exploration of sexual obsession and pain, Quicksand is the last major Tanizaki novel to be translated, largely because of the extreme difficulty in capturing the narrator's precise tone in English. In this Howard Hibbett has succeeded brilliantly. As a master-work on the level of Some Prefer Nettles and Diary of a Mad Old Man, and as a triumph of the translator's art, Quicksand is both important and utterly engrossing.