Villa Incognito

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Villa Incognito
Villa incognito cover photo.jpg
First edition (hardcover)
AuthorTom Robbins
CountryUnited States
PublisherBantam Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages241 pp
813/.54 21
LC ClassPS3568.O233 V55 2003

Villa Incognito is a novel by Tom Robbins published in 2003. The author opens the novel with the line, "It has been reported that Tanuki fell from the sky using his scrotum as a parachute.", as the reader is introduced to a Japanese ancestor spirit, named Tanuki, that is similar in appearance to a badger.[1]


Villa Incognito begins with the story of Tanuki, an ancient Japanese badger-like creature who possesses the ability to shapeshift and a penchant for sake and women. Tanuki is a "semi-god" with an unusually large scrotum and is portrayed alongside a beautiful young female character, who continues Tanuki's lineage with the use of a chrysanthemum seed embedded in the roof of her mouth, three American MIAs who deliberately remain in Laos long after the United States (US)' involvement in the Vietnam War has ended, and two sisters, who are related to one of the missing American soldiers.


Following the arrest of one of the MIAs, for trafficking drugs while dressed as a priest, the novel depicts American life in a post-9/11 context through the involvement of the two sisters.


  1. ^ Jim Fingal (2008). "Would You Like Mayonnaise With Your Genitalia? Tom Robbins's phantasmagoria of modern things". The Harvard Book Review. Harvard College. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

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