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Atsumono   By: (1886-1965)

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Tanizaki's novel Atsumono is a captivating exploration of desire, obsession, and deception. The story revolves around a wealthy businessman who becomes infatuated with a young woman and goes to extreme lengths to possess her. As the narrative unfolds, the intricate web of relationships and hidden motivations is gradually revealed, keeping the reader on edge until the surprising conclusion.

What sets Atsumono apart is Tanizaki's masterful handling of psychological tension and complex characters. The protagonist's descent into madness is depicted with chilling realism, drawing the reader deeper into his twisted world. The interactions between the characters are filled with ambiguity and manipulation, adding layers of intrigue to the plot.

Tanizaki's writing is elegant and evocative, immersing the reader in the lush, sensory world of early 20th-century Japan. His keen observations of human nature and society are woven seamlessly into the narrative, inviting reflection on the nature of desire and the darker aspects of human behavior.

Overall, Atsumono is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves into the depths of human obsession and the lengths people will go to in pursuit of their desires. Tanizaki's storytelling prowess and profound insights make this a must-read for fans of psychological fiction.

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Title: 羹 (Atsumono) Author: 谷崎潤一郞 (Junichiro Tanizaki) Language: Japanese Character set encoding: UTF 8 Produced by Sachiko Hill and Kaoru Tanaka.

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