Diary of a mad old man
Diary of a Mad Old Man by Junichiro TanizakiDiary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven-year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying, his libido still rages on – unwittingly sparked by the gentle, kindly attentions of his daughter-in-law Satsuko, a chic, flashy dancer with a shady past. Pitiful and ridiculous as he is, Utsugi is without a trace of self-pity, and his diary shines with self-effacing good humor. At once hilarious and of a sadness, Diary of a Mad Old Man is a brilliant depiction of the relationship between eros and the will to live – a novel of the tragicomedy of human existence.
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While recovering from a stroke, seventy-seven-year-old Utsugi turns to his diary to wryly record his struggle with his ageing body and his growing desire for his beautiful daughter-in-law Satsuko, a chic, Westernised dancer with a shady past. Shining with a self-effacing humour, Tanizaki's last novel is a tragicomedy about desire and the will to survive. In a land reputedly inhospitable to the individualist, it demands attention and has earned Tanizaki an undisputed place in the pantheon of 20th-century Japanese literature. Junichiro Tanizaki was one of Japan's greatest twentienth century novelists. Born in in Tokyo, his first published work - a one-act play - appeared in in a literary magazine he helped to found. Tanizaki lived in the cosmopolitan Tokyo area until the earthquake of , when he moved to the Kyoto-Osaka region and became absorbed in Japan's past.
Thank you! The Key , as those who read it will unquestionably remember, was the diary of a middled-aged man's fetishistic pursuit of passion and it had a very definite some found distasteful aberrant fascination. This again, while told in the first person, manages to achieve the tone of the third--one of startling detachment, and it is concerned with the complete sexual aridity of an old man whose devil in the flesh still prods him with vicarious fantasies.
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Tanizaki Junichiro was one of the greatest 20th-century Japanese writers—in my opinion greater than the two who won Nobel Prizes for literature and surpassed only by Dazai Osamu as a stylist and as a master of portraying masochistic males dominated by perverse young women. Satsuko is bored, cooped up in the house with a very proper mother-in-law. Like many other Tanizaki male characters, Utsugi is a foot fetishist, and Satsuko doles out some access to the adored parts of her anatomy. Some other Tanizaki connoisseurs of women are even more completely destroyed by what they represent as femmes fatales, for instance, Mitsuko in Quicksand. To me, this is a technical problem of a novel using supposed documents. Tokusuke chooses a cemetery in Kyoto, and Tanizaki himself moved from the modern to the premodern capital city. You are commenting using your WordPress.
Diary of a Mad Old Man is the journal of Utsugi, a seventy-seven year-old man of refined tastes who is recovering from a stroke. He discovers that, while his body is decaying his libido still rages on — unwittingly sparked by the gentle, kindly attentions of his daughter-in-law Satsuko, a chic flashy dancer with a shady past. Pitiful and ridiculous as he is, Utsugi is without a trace of self-pity and his diary shines with self-effecting good humour. At once hilarious and sad, Diary of a Mad Old Man is a brilliant depiction of the relationship between Eros and the will to live — a novel of the tragicomedy of human existence…. Diary of a Mad Old Man was both funny and sad. It blends both of these things perfectly.