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Junichiro Tanizaki

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Born in Nihonbashi,Tokyo, JapanJuly 24, 1886 Died July 30, 1965 Genre Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction Influences Edgar Allan Poe, Sade, Oscar Wilde Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎) was a Japanese author, and one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Sōseki. Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions; others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family life in the context of the rapid changes in 20th-century Japanese society. Frequently his stories are narrated in the context of a search for cultural identity in which constructions of "the West" and "Japanese tradition" are juxtaposed. The results are complex, ironic, demure, and provocative.