The Resource In black and white : a novel, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō ; translated by Phyllis I. Lyons

In black and white : a novel, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō ; translated by Phyllis I. Lyons

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In black and white : a novel
Title
In black and white
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Tanizaki Jun'ichirō ; translated by Phyllis I. Lyons
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Language
  • eng
  • jpn
  • eng
Summary
"Black and White is a full translation of Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's 1928 novel, Kokubyaku, with an introduction that identifies the special conditions that might have made it a "lost" novel. This novel offers a window into Tanizaki's life and work at a critical transition point in his career. The introduction focuses on the moment Tanizaki astounded the literary world in 1928 by writing three novels in the same year, after several years of relative silence following the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake. Two of the three (Some Prefer Nettles and Quicksand) immediately became famous; this third disappeared from view. The novel tells the story of a writer who in essence kills another writer with his writing. In it, an obsessive paranoid fantasy turns out to invade "real life," and it ends with a man confessing to a murder he did not commit. Over the course of the story, he (the character? the author?) invents a character he calls the "Shadow Man," who is out to entrap the writer (the protagonist? the author?) and destroy him. The tone of the story is comic rather than tragic, sardonic rather than dramatic. There is a peculiar ambiguity between author and character that distinguishes the story from the usual "I-novel" genre of the day; the novel is autobiographical in an unusual way, although Tanizaki was never considered an autobiographical writer. The central questions the introduction addresses are: What is autobiographical in the novel; who was killed and why; and how did that elimination help make Tanizaki a great writer?"--
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1886-1965
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Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō
Dewey number
895.63/44
Index
no index present
Language note
In English, translated from the Japanese
LC call number
PL839.A7
LC item number
K6513 2017
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1942-
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Lyons, Phyllis I.
Series statement
Weatherhead books on Asia
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Authors
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In black and white : a novel, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō ; translated by Phyllis I. Lyons
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-236)
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Translator's preface -- Author's words in place of a preface -- In black and white -- Author's apology on the conclusion -- Translator's afterword -- Translator's acknowledgments
Control code
ocn992989564
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 238 pages
Isbn
9780231185189
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017022741
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027943732
System control number
(OCoLC)992989564
Label
In black and white : a novel, Tanizaki Jun'ichirō ; translated by Phyllis I. Lyons
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-236)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Translator's preface -- Author's words in place of a preface -- In black and white -- Author's apology on the conclusion -- Translator's afterword -- Translator's acknowledgments
Control code
ocn992989564
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 238 pages
Isbn
9780231185189
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017022741
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027943732
System control number
(OCoLC)992989564

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