The Maids -

The Maids



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The Maids, Tanizaki's final novel, sparkles like a jewel. Over the years-before, during, and after WWII-many women work in the pampered, elegant household of the famous author Chikura Raikichi, his wife, and her younger sister. Though the family's quite well-to-do, the house is small; the proximity of the maids helps perhaps to explain Raikichi's extremely close, and somewhat eroticized, observation of all their little ways. In the sensualist patrician Raikichi, Tanizaki offers a richly ironic self-portrait, but he presents as well an exquisitely nuanced chronicle of change and loss: centuries' old values and manners are vanishing, and here-in the evanescent beauty of all the small gestures and intricacies of private life-we find a whole world passing away.

Product code: 9780811228749

ISBN 9780811228749
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H206xW137xS15
No. Of Pages 176
Publisher New Directions Publishing Corporation
A major discovery: Tanizaki's wonderful final novel-now available as a paperback