The Life of an Amorous Man Author:Saikaku Ihara, Kengi Hamada (Translator), Masakazu Kuwata (Illustrator) The Life of an Amorous Man, first published in 1682, is a story of erotic adventure by one of Japan's most celebrated and outspoken novelists. Saikaku Ihara, novelist and poet, was undoubtedly one of the most uninhibited writers that ever published a tale.Japanese critics of the more sensitive school once downgraded him as vulgar because ... more »of his unabashed preoccupation with life in the gay quarters.
In this novel, Saikaku depicts the pursuits and follies of the most glamorous period of old Japan: the dawn of the Genroku era, when the wealthy commoners, rising in importance above the traditional warrior caste, indulged in the free and easy life of such celebrated districts as Edo's Yohiwara, Osaka's Shimmachi, and Kyoto's Shimabara.
Choosing as his hero a composite of the many daijin (men of wealth) who spent much of their time in these flourishing establishments, Saikaku follows him from his precocious childhood to the close of his amatory career.
The Tuttle edition is copyright 1963, and the 1990 printing was published with ISBN 0804810699.« less