• A chilling climax. Tanizaki is a master of ambiguity in his own language and the subtle flavour of the work is skilfully preserved in this translation

    The Times
  • One of Japan's most popular writers in this century. In this and his other books, he pulls aside the shoji that screens Japanese home life to eavesdrop on what people are really saying and thinking behind their polite facades

    New York Times
  • It is important that the British public should become acquainted with this great twentieth-century Japanese fiction writer

    Anthony Burgess

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