The Key (Tanizaki novel)
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.
- The story was made into the 1959 film, Odd Obsession, directed by Kon Ichikawa.
- This novel was also the basis for the 1983 movie of the same name by Italian director Tinto Brass, with the story relocated to Fascist Italy.
- A 2014 movie of the same name, directed by American Jefery Levy, was loosely based on the novel.
- The Husband
- Ikuko, his wife
- Toshiko, their daughter
- Mr. Kimura, the daughter's (potential) fiancé.
- Hibbett, Howard, trans. "The Key". Tanizaki Junichiro. New York: Vintage, 2004
- "Visions of Desire: Tanizaki's Fictional Worlds". Ito, Ken. Stanford University Press, 1991
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