(From the publisher):
The stories presented here, all of them translated into English for the first time, vividly explore an array of human passions. In "The Children," three mischievous friends play sado-masochistic games in a mysterious Western-style mansion. The sybaritic narrator of "The Secret" experiments with cross-dressing as he savors the delights of duplicity. "The Two Acolytes" evokes the conflicting attractions of spiritual fulfillment and worldly pleasure in medieval Kyoto. In the title story, the seductive tastes, aromas, and textures of outlandish Chinese dishes blend with those of the seductive hands that proffer them to blindfolded gourmets. In "Mr. Bluemound," Tanizaki, who wrote for a film studio in the early 1920s, considers the relationship between a flesh-and-blood actress and her image fixed on celluloid, which one memorably degenerate admirer is obsessed with. And, finally, "Manganese Dioxide Dreams" offers a tantalizing insight into the author's mind as he blends—in the musings of an old man very like Tanizaki himself—Chinese and Japanese cuisine, a French murder movie, Chinese history, and the contents of a toilet bowl.
- The Children
- The Secret
- The Two Acolytes
- The Gourmet Club
- Mr. Bluemound
- Manganese Dioxide Dreams
Original title: The Gourmet Club: A Sextet
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction
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