The Push and Pull Between Cultures

Lansner, Kermit
June 1955
New Republic;6/6/55, Vol. 132 Issue 23, p20
The article discusses the book "Some Prefer Nettles," by Junichiro Tanizaki. Tanizaki's novel opens on a note of indecision. It ends with a chord, which is still unresolved. The author introduces two long chapters, which take place at performances given at the puppet theatre, one in Osaka, Japan the other at Awaji, Japan. His reflections on this passing art and on some of the old songs, which are still sung contain many of his ideas about the aesthetic of his own novel. They suggest how shrewdly he has worked to keep the peculiar charm of Japan's best arts.


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