Tanizaki Junichiro

Tanizaki Junichiro


Born July 24, 1886, in Tokyo; died July 30, 1965, in Yugawara. Kanagawa Prefecture. Japanese writer; a prominent representative of the Tambi-ha (“aesthetes”) literary group.

Tanizaki’s aestheticism and perverse eroticism were manifested in the short story “The Tattoo” (1910), and the novellas The Feet of Fumiko (1919) and A Fool’s Love (1925; Russian translation, 1929). Tanizaki’s later works were influenced by the Japanese literary classics. His quest for beauty in former times and for sacrificial love was reflected in the novel Some Prefer Nettles (1928) and the novella Spring Lute (1933). Using the muted tones of the classical style, Tanizaki depicted the everyday life of a patriarchal Japanese family in the novel The Makioka Sisters (1943–48).


Tanizaki Jun Ichiro zenshu, vols. 1–28. Tokyo, 1969–70.
In Russian translation:
“Luna i komedianty.” In laponskaia novella. Moscow, 1961.
“Tatuirovka.” Inostrannaia literatura, 1975, no. 1.


Istoriia sovremennoi iaponskoi literatury. Moscow, 1961. (Translated from Japanese.)
Nakamura Mitsuo. Tanizaki Jun Ichiro. Tokyo, 1952.


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Through the veil of the author's modesty, the attentive reader will note other achievements: the two-volume anthology of Japanese literature, which Keene prepared during his stay in Kyoto from 1953 to 1955, when he met such great writers as Tanizaki Junichiro and Mishima Yukio to secure their permissions directly, and became their lifelong friend; and the four-volume history of Japanese literature, his magnum opus, over which he labored for twenty-seven years while teaching at Columbia.