'This year I intend to begin writing freely about a topic which, in the past, I have hesitated to mention even here. I have always avoided commenting on my sexual relations with Ikuko, for fear that she might surreptitiously read my diary and be offended...' So begins The Key - a forthright and moving tale of a middle-aged man deeply in love with his younger wife. In spite of that love, they have grown physically apart, each unsure of the other's thoughts and desires...until the day Ikuko discovers the key to her husband's diary with its desperate hints of jealousy and voyeurism. The key, she realises, 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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Book Description Vintage, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099466872
Book Description Vintage, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99466872
Book Description Vintage, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0099466872