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The Key by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
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Jun 24, 2009

it was amazing
Read in June, 2009

This is set in the 1930s in Japan. The husband is writing in his diary, hoping his wife will sneak a look into his diary and see what he writes. He is madly in love with his wife's beautiful body. She begins to write in her diary and claims not to be interested in his writings. Together they reveal their marriage and the repressive time they live in and how they deal with lust. It's masterfully written, a vignette of a time and place that will never occur again and it's about a strange marriage. Probably strange to modern Japanese eyes as well. It would make a wonderful black and white silent film.
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