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“Toddler-Hunting and Other Stories” is a superb collection of short stories written in the 1960s by one of the most significant feminist writers of postwar Japan.

Kono Taeko — who died in January last year at the age of 88 — freely admitted the influence of Junichiro Tanizaki on her stories. In his novels, Tanizaki explored the taboo of perverted desire, and similarly Kono’s female protagonists seethe with neuroses and masochistic sexual desires.

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