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The Makioka Sisters

Tanizaki, Junʼichirō (Book - 1995 )
The Makioka Sisters
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In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. The story of these women, the Makioka sisters, forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family--and an entire society--sliding into the abyss of modernity. Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the prestige of her family name even as her husband prepares to move their household to Tokyo, where that name means nothing. Sachiko compromises valiantly to secure the future of her younger sisters. The unmarried Yukiko is a hostage to her family's exacting standards, while the spirited Taeko rebels by flinging herself into scandalous romantic alliances. The resulting novel is filled with vignettes of upper-class Japanese life, capturing both the decorum and the heartache of its protagonists.
Authors: Tanizaki, Junʼichirō, 1886-1965
Uniform Title: Sasameyuki. English
Title: The Makioka sisters
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
Characteristics: 530 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated from the Japanese by Edward G. Seidensticker
Summary: In Osaka in the years immediately before World War II, four aristocratic women try to preserve a way of life that is vanishing. The story of these women, the Makioka sisters, forms what is arguably the greatest Japanese novel of the twentieth century, a poignant yet unsparing portrait of a family--and an entire society--sliding into the abyss of modernity. Tsuruko, the eldest sister, clings obstinately to the prestige of her family name even as her husband prepares to move their household to Tokyo, where that name means nothing. Sachiko compromises valiantly to secure the future of her younger sisters. The unmarried Yukiko is a hostage to her family's exacting standards, while the spirited Taeko rebels by flinging herself into scandalous romantic alliances. The resulting novel is filled with vignettes of upper-class Japanese life, capturing both the decorum and the heartache of its protagonists.
Additional Contributors: Seidensticker, Edward - 1921-2007
ISBN: 9780679761648
0679761640
Branch Call Number: FICTION TANIZAKI 1995
Subject Headings: Sisters Fiction
Topical Term: Sisters
LCCN: 95013245
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Back in the day the name “Makioka” used to mean something - class, manners, and riches. Fast forward to the ‘40s, the Makiokas are practically grovelling as they struggle to marry off their youngest (and aging) daughters. Anyone who has enjoyed Anna Karenina would appreciate reading about how the... Read More »


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