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Some Prefer Nettles

by Junichiro Tanizaki

Beautifully told tale of a disintigrating marriage set in Japan in the 1920s. Unusual, keenly observed and quietly compelling.


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Today was not the first time they had been faced with this difficulty. Indeed, whenever they had to decide whether or not to go out together, each of them became passive, watchful, hoping to take a position according to the other's manner. It was as if they held a basin of water balanced between them and waited to see in which direction it would spill.
Translated by Edward G Seidensticker

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