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Childhood Years: A Memoir

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Using a traditional, informal essay style, Tanizaki retrieves his childhood years in roughly chronological order and through deeply affecting character sketches, hilarious anecdotes and images of sensuous beauty, the texture of life in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo at the end of the 19th century. The main themes of his fiction are echoed in his memoir: the dominant mother figure, cruel destructive women, geisha girls, and the male actors who play female characters in the Kabuki theatre - one of Tanizaki's major interests. ...

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Childhood Years: A Memoir
1998, Kodansha

ISBN-13: 9784770023223

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Childhood Years: A Memoir
1991, Flamingo, London

ISBN-13: 9780006544500

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Childhood Years: A Memoir
1990, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9780002153256

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Childhood Years: A Memoir
1990, Kodansha

ISBN-13: 9780870119248

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Childhood Years: A Memoir
1988, Kodansha

ISBN-13: 9780870118630

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