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Neve sottile

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Nel 1942 il governo giapponese imponeva la censura su Neve sottile, il romanzo che Jun’ichiro Tanizaki stava pubblicando a puntate su una rivista: nelle sue pagine la guerra, minacciosa e inarrestabile marea, suscitava nei personaggi sgomento e preoccupazione, non il fervore dell’allineamento. Tanizaki era ben lontano dall’urgenza degli eventi: nella storia di quattro sore ...more
Paperback, Le Fenici tascabili, 328 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Guanda (first published 1943)
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Nov 02, 2016 Ilse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers to like to ponder on family relations
Let me hide at least a petal
In the sleeve of my flower-viewing robe,
That I may remember the spring.

Five years ago, we planted two trees in our enclosed garden, a gingko biloba, which bright yellow unique fan-shaped leaves beguile in autumn , and a cherry tree, for its refined and daintily colored blossoms in spring.


Although some of our relatives at first criticized the choice of the Gingko, skeptical and worried about its stature in our miniature garden, the mighty Gingko is now firmly estab
May 03, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I prefer walking than running.
Recommended to Dolors by: Marina
Shelves: read-in-2015, asian
The yearly peregrination to the natural spectacle of the cherry blossoming in Kyoto is a millenary tradition in Japan. The symbolism attached to that ritual renders the transience of beauty. The constant collision between the explosion of exuberant vitality and the withering that precedes the inevitable defoliation marks the unrelenting passage of time and the virtuous circle of life rekindled from the ashes.

It’s through the annual expeditions that The Makioka Sisters take to witness such a natu
It's been such a long time since I've read a translation of the Japanese language. I had completely forgotten how calm and subtle the prose is, how patient you have to be in probing it. It's true that enough happens on the surface to make for a lengthy story, but it is the hidden depths that make the story engaging.

Most of the story is occupied with the lives of the Makioka sisters, focusing on the third sister who even at her advanced age has not yet been married. The book starts with discussio
Oct 13, 2016 Sinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1930 ların Japonyası nasıldı, Japonya o yıllarda dünyaya nasıl bakardı, Japonyada insanlar nasıl yaşar ,hem gelenekçi hem yenilikçi nasıl oluyorlar gibi sorulara cevap bulduran, bu sitede bir arkadaşın yorumunda gördüğüm tavsiyeye uyarak bir harita ve not defteri ile japon müzikleri eşliğinde okurken orada yaşıyormuş gibi hissettiğim ama birtakım sorunlar nedeniyle uzuunn vadede okuduğum güzel japon kitabı
I really wanted (and fully expected) to love this book. I loved Tanizaki's Naomi but for reasons that I can't properly express I never found myself engrossed in this as I'd hoped to be. I'd get into for a bit, get bored, put it down for a few weeks and then pick it up again.

I can however understand why this book is so well regarded and I really keep vacillating on how to rate it. Set in Japan, it's an intimate look at a family of four sisters, their husbands, lovers or lack thereof and immediate
Michael Finocchiaro
This is one of Junichiro Tanizaki's major novels covering a family of women in early 20th C Japan. It is beautifully written with extremely well fleshed out characters and an entrancing plot. It is probably my favourite Tanizaki book.
Mar 15, 2016 Eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
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“The cherries in the Heian Shrine…of all the cherries in Kyoto, were the most beautiful. Now that the great weeping cherry in Gion was dying and its blossoms were growing paler each year, what was left to stand for the Kyoto spring if not the cherries in the Heian Shrine?”

I really enjoyed this Japanese classic. In it, four Kyoto sisters attempt to navigate the waves of change that are rapidly engulfing Japan prior to WWII. The Makiokas are an old, wealthy Osaka family, that soon find themselv
A quiet book that portrays Japan at a time of great change, the late 1930s to early 1941, through the story of one family and their interactions with provincial and larger Japanese world. The Makioka sisters represent a culture on the brink, struggling to retain it's traditional identity in the face of change both internal and international. The modern world is coming whether this family wants it or not.

This is not a novel for those looking for adventure or action. It's for those who want charac
Deniz Balcı
Çok, çok güzeldi!

Ancak bir yanımda buruldu. Sebebi elbette Tanizaki'nin Türkçe'ye çevrilmiş eserlerinin hepsini okuduğum için. Umut ediyorum ki, H. Murakami'nin tüm dünyada yarattığı zelzele biraz daha sürer ve insanların Japon Edebiyatı'na ilgileri artar. Ayrıca Japon gelenekselliğine sırtını dönmüş bir yazarla bu istihdamın sağlanması ise ironik ve düşündürücü.

"Nazlı Kar" gelecek olursam öncelikle Esin Esen tarafından yapılan çeviri mükemmel ötesi. Kitabın kapak tasarımından tutunda, düzeltmel
Phillip Kay
Dec 16, 2012 Phillip Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Makioka Sisters (Sasame Yuki, Light Snow), first published in 1948, was written by Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965). Tanizaki wrote The Makioka Sisters after translating the Tale of Genji into modern Japanese and the Murasaki novel is said to have influenced his own. It tells of the declining years of the once powerful Makioka family and their last descendants, four sisters. It has been translated by Edward G. Seidensticker in 1957. Powerfully realistic, it mourns the passing of greatness whil ...more
Maria Thomarey
Nov 14, 2015 Maria Thomarey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το διάβασα σε 5 μέρες . Αυτό .
Jul 08, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in traditional Japanese culture
Recommended to Laura by: Ruth Moore
A bit long but still interesting story of four aristocratic Japanese sisters in the late 1930’s, which I thought would be fun as that’s one of my favorite periods in English literature. However, these ladies might as well be living in a different century as well as a different hemisphere — their daily rituals and cultural traditions were out of another world. While the various relationships among the sisters seem familiar (probably everyone with sisters has to negotiate the bossy, the overly sen ...more
My, what a subtle, graceful thing this is. Tanizaki wrote The Makioka Sisters in the late '40s, amid the rubble and chaos of postwar Japan. The world Tanizaki describes has been destroyed, utterly and irrevocably. You can sense that this is a somewhat decadent society... the Makiokas live a life of idle wealth and appearance-keeping, constantly fretting about the youngest sister's Westernized ways and the loss of respect for old Osaka families. Throughout the book, we get glimpses that war is on ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Sharlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Makioka Sisters is one of the most lovely things I’ve read in a long time. That is, if one can put it out of one’s mind that life in Japan in the late 1930s and early 1940s was not a fantastic time for women. This was my first Junichiro Tanizaki book and I was rather surprised at how well he wrote these women. It is odd especially as Tanizaki has a reputation for writing about characters with erotic obsessions and desires.

I may hav
Al Bità
Apr 21, 2010 Al Bità rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this masterpiece many years ago, and still retain a great fondness for it. Set in Japan in the early 20th century in the period before World War II, it's concern is the 'fate' of the Makioka sisters who still cling to the old aristocratic attention to detail and the minutiae of life while trying to survive the period they are living in. The pace is leisurely, meditative, and beautifully written. Its overall impact, however, belies the quiet exterior: the internal emotional drama builds up ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book tells the story of 4 sisters growing up in Osaka, Japan. In the thirties, in the eve of the second world war, the four sisters are struggling to cope with their day to day life, trying to live up to the standards of their prestigeous family. Each of them has their own struggles, problems and faces and deals them in very different ways. Although this book is not very slow paced, and in fact not much happens, I was immeresed into the story of these four sisters throughout the whole, quit ...more
May 03, 2013 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tanizaki has a delicate sensibility all his own, and his ability to make the incredibly complex, sensitive world of upper class Japanese courtship and sibling relations not only comprehensible but also engaging, is remarkable. I became weirdly hooked on the lives of the four sisters and everyone in their social orbit. Everything from their petty dramas to their sincere attempts to navigate a complicated social order as the specter of WWII gets closer and closer is rendered with a slow, confident ...more
Magrat Ajostiernos
Una novela maravillosa, que me ha recordado en su estilo a otras grandes historias como 'La edad de la inocencia', 'La saga de los Forsyte' o a las de Jane Austen. Eso sí, al más puro estilo oriental, pausado y extremadamente bello, poniendo atención a cada sentimiento.
De las novelas japonesas que he leído, sin duda se encuentra ya entre mis preferidas.
Israel Montoya Baquero
Un libro para degustar al mismo ritmo que la prosa de Tanizaki: suavemente, despacito, paladeando los ambientes, las palabras...
Aug 27, 2012 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japan
I found this lengthy novel by Junichiro Tanizaki relatively interesting with lots of dialogs as well as seemingly endless descriptions. From its 530 pages, just imagine, there are totally 18 pages each having 39 lines without any indented paragraph. However, there are innumerable pages each having only one paragraph. Some might not mind reading these but, psychologically, I preferred reading it with usual paragraphs. Thus, I amusingly regarded it as a kind of sleeping medicine and it sometime di ...more
Oct 15, 2008 Tra-Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Jane Eyre, even though I didn't
Shelves: fiction
If you're hesitant, or have only read even a couple hundred pages, hear me out. I had to read this book for class. Otherwise, I don't think I would ever have pushed through it. It has a tendency to go on and on about fairly mundane matters, then unexpectedly rocket into an exciting event. This can make it difficult to read, and I know the unfamiliar Japanese names don't help.


This book is amazing. The sensibility of the characters in general; the logical way in which they work things out, wh
Libros Prestados
Jun 09, 2016 Libros Prestados rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poco a poco me ha ido convenciendo este libro. Durante mucho tiempo pensé en darle tres estrellas, pero ya hacia el final me había encariñado con los personajes y sus anécdotas, y ha terminado por ganarme. Las tres hermanas Makioka son extrañas y peculiares, con sus raras manías y su forma de ser a veces extravagante, pero al final no puedes evitar sentir cariño por todas ellas.

Es de desarrollo muy lento, incluso para ser una novela japonesa. Algo parecido a una ceremonia del té: largo y en apa
Ayşe Saruhan
Mar 03, 2016 Ayşe Saruhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitap bittiği için hüzünlendim.Bir de ağır ağır ve aylardır okuduğum için kitaptaki karakterlerle iç içe geçmişim sanki.Ayrılması zor oldu.Bu kitaptan çok çok çok fazla şey öğrendim.Yazarın anlatım tekniği çok samimi ve bizden gibiydi (tabi ben goodreads a uye olmadan önce çeviri-çevirmen durumlarına önemine dikkat etmezdim ama bu kitapta iyi çeviri ne demekmiş iyice anladım).Ayrıca yazar japon kültürüne dair ben okuyucularıma ne aktarmalıyım diye bilgileri bir kağıda alt alta sıralamış ve o güz ...more
Inderjit Sanghera
A wonderful and at times whimsical exploration of the Makioka family in pre-WW2 Japan, the slow, somnambulistic pace and prose fit well with the exploration of the day-to-day lives of the Makioka sisters and their husbands and maids. Nothing much really happens in the novel and something as quotidian as a character catching the flu is treated as a major event in the novel-but therein lies the beauty and uniqueness behind this novel. In part an exploration of the emotional inter-play between four ...more
Jennifer Ockner
Jul 20, 2008 Jennifer Ockner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fiction
Recommended to Jennifer by: A school teacher whom I met on a plane
The English version of this book is absolutely engrossing and beautifully written - I am extremely tempted to seek out Tanizaki's original manuscript and read the Japanese and English versions side by side. It's difficult to preserve the poetry of Japanese literature once it's translated - probably true for any language - but Seidensticker is a master at making the most of what the English language has to offer. To me, the story of the four Makioka sisters in early 20th century Japan is as addic ...more
Jan 29, 2010 Elif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a masterpiece.
Gokce Atac
May 01, 2017 Gokce Atac rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bayıldım... Hiç bitmesin istedim...
Sydney O (Сидней О)
This is such a beautifully written book with an engrossing plot and amiable characters, even the ones that are less than innocent. There is definitely an 'air' about the young women, which makes them all the more interesting.
Oct 23, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: Rae
Shelves: fiction, japanese-lit
To begin at the end, this novel finished more abruptly than any I’ve read for a very long time. There is something fitting about this. Reading ‘The Makioka Sisters’ consists of observing the family Makioka through the eyes of the second sister, Sachiko, for an arbitrary amount of time. Family life proceeded prior to the start of the novel and will evidently continue on after it concludes. The narrative is one of subtle detail and minor incident, with even major happenings treated in a matter-of- ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)

Tanizaki provides a wonderful insight into a pre-war way of life, a culture that was changing even then. There is no sense of foreboding about war, even though the China Incident is mentioned several times and later in the book the women have knowledge of war in Europe.

What is important is getting the two younger sisters married, and doing so in such a way that the family status is recognized and honored. Told primarily from the viewpoint of Sachiko, the married second daughter, each of the sis
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Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎) was a Japanese author, one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature, and perhaps the most popular Japanese novelist after Natsume Sōseki.

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“The ancients waited for cherry blossoms, grieved when they were gone, and lamented their passing in countless poems. How very ordinary the poems had seemed to Sachiko when she read them as a girl, but now she knew, as well as one could know, that grieving over fallen cherry blossoms was more than a fad or convention.” 15 likes
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