The Makioka Sisters Author:Junichiro Tanizaki This is the story of the extinction of a great family through pride and over-refinement. It is a loving re-creation of the sumptuous, pleasue-filled upper-class lif of Osaka - the Hamburg of Japan - just before the war. As Tanizaki intimately and sensitively dissects the complex affairs of the once rich and haughty sisters, his surgical realism ... more »lays bare the tissue of true pride and false. Yet this realism is without harshness, for it is fused with nostalgia for a vanished era.
'Junichiro Tanizaki may well prove to be the outstanding Japanese novelist of this century...His greatest book, "The Makioka Sisters" (1948), was written during World War II as a way of reliving and preserving the happier past. It is the story of the attempts made by a declining merchant family to marry off Yukiko, a daughter who is the quintessential Japanese heroine: inwardly stubborn though outwardly passive, spiritually self-sufficient though materially dependent, maddeningly unwilling to enter the light of day but determined to manipulate everyone from her shadowy retreat'
EDMUND WHITE/THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
'It is an extraordinary book, which can truly be said to break new ground'