TODDLER-HUNTING and Other Stories by Kono Taeko

TODDLER-HUNTING and Other Stories

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Ten intense studies of erotic obsession and disturbance, written in the 1960s by a Japanese writer whose grim, not to say lurid, focus on her characters' sexuality recalls the work of (a probable influence) Junichiro Tanizaki. The title story, which describes a lonely woman's amoral fixation on young boys, is the most overtly hair-raising, but its companion pieces--in which women take forthright sexual initiatives, and sadomasochist impulses vibrate throughout their experiences and imaginings--are scarcely less challenging to conventional mores and expectations. Not for every taste but, all the same, a very accomplished work.

Pub Date: March 28th, 1996
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: New Directions