The Key (Tanizaki novel)

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First edition

The Key (Kagi, 鍵) is a novel written by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki in 1956. The book was translated into English by Howard Hibbett and published by Vintage International Books.

Synopsis[edit]

The entire story is written in diary form, alternating between the entries of an elderly man who decides to spice up his ailing marriage with a series of intrigues and that of his much younger wife, who complies with her husband's desires without letting him know she is aware of his schemes.

Film Adaptations[edit]

Characters[edit]

  • The Husband
  • Ikuko, his wife
  • Toshiko, their daughter
  • Mr. Kimura, the daughter's (potential) fiancé.

References[edit]

  • Hibbett, Howard, trans. "The Key". Tanizaki Junichiro. New York: Vintage, 2004
  • "Visions of Desire: Tanizaki's Fictional Worlds". Ito, Ken. Stanford University Press, 1991