International Literature Book Club: Masks by Fumiko Enchi

July 10th
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On Monday, July 10th, at 7 p.m, join us to discuss Masks by Fumiko Enchi, translated from Japanese by Juliet Winters Carpenter (Vintage International). You can attend in person at our Seaport location, 4 Fulton Street, or RSVP above to join via Zoom. There is no RSVP required to join in person. 
Following the death of her son, Mieko Toganō takes an increasing interest in the personal affairs of her widowed daughter-in-law, Yasuko. Devastated by her loss, she skillfully manipulates the relationships between Yasuko and the two men who are in love with her, encouraging a dalliance that will have terrible consequences. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, is Mieko’s mentally-handicapped daughter, who has her own role to play in her mother’s bizarre schemes. In Masks, Enchi has crafted a stunning and understated novel of seduction and infidelity. 

About the Author

Fumiko Enchi was born in Tokyo in 1905, the daughter of the great Meiji scholar Ueda Mannen. She is the author of many novels and stories, and has produced a ten-volume translation of The Take of Genji into modern Japanese. Masks was first published in Japan in 1958. 

Praise For …

 “A subtle examination of universal female behavior.” —People

“[Enchi’s] allusions to the masks of Nō plays and to the classic The Tale of Genji, the brilliant way she layers and interweaves the ancient, the more recent past and the present are haunting and rich. A fictional enchantment.” —Publishers Weekly

“Enchi’s writing has some of the same amniotic fluidity as Tolstoy’s, an almost bodily, floating immersion into the effortless habitat of the story.” —The American Reader

“Clear and powerful. . . . Almost imperceptively woven.” —Kirkus





Buy the Book: 
Masks (Vintage International) By Fumiko Enchi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394722184
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1983