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  • An elegant essay on traditional Japanese aesthetics by the great novelist. A delight to read

    Independent on Sunday
  • A highly infectious essay lauding all things shady and subtly hidden

  • The outstanding Japanese novelist of this century

    Edmund White
  • This is a powerfully anti-modernist book, yet contains the most beautiful evocation of the traditional Japanese aesthetic... More like a poem than an essay

    Building Design
  • I am convinced that Tanizaki is one of the few great writers of our time. He is an author of outstanding stature and deserves to be far better known outside Japan than he is

    Ivan Morris

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