THE GOURMET CLUB: A Sextet, By Jun’ichiro Tanizaki. Translated by Paul McCarthy and Anthony Chambers. Tokyo/New York: Kodansha International, 2001, 204 pp., 2,800 yen.

This is the long-awaited collection of six of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s shorter works, given us by two of the most eminent of Tanizaki’s translators. Including work as early as 1911 and as late as 1955, this volume encompasses some 45 years in the career of one of Japan’s greatest modern writers.

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