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Portrait of an Old Geisha《老妓抄》

This is a very short review of Okamoto Kanoko's "Portrait of an Old Geisha" which is amazing.

The way she captures the deep and essential emotions of people is ghost-like, and her writing style is almost demonic.

The insight into the evil of humanity sends a shiver down readers' spines.

Buddhism, Zen, death and life, obsession and unrequited desire, and the aesthetics of violence are similar to those of Yukio Mishima.

The characters are never Monist, and the flesh and blood are too realistic and rich, so much so that the ugliness of human nature leaps off the page.

The Devil Eater, Portrait of an Old Geisha, and The Ivy Gate are three of my favorite stories in the 2020 Chongqing Press edition of a nine novels collection. I'd like to read the newer 2022 一頁folio edition as well. Okamoto Kanoko is 🥈 in my favorite novelist list of the year (the first one is still Yukio Mishima).

这是篇极短评,冈本加乃子的《老妓抄》实在是惊艳。

对人幽深本质情绪的捕捉似鬼,笔法近妖。

可怕的人心洞察,足以让我这样的观者看出满脊骨的冷汗来。

佛学、禅意、死与生、执与无欲求、暴力美学,与三岛由纪夫的异曲同工。

人物丰盈得可怕,血肉真实得过于逼真,像极了真人以至于劣根性之丑恶跃然纸上。

《食魔》、《老妓抄》、《常春藤之门》是2020年重庆出版社版本九篇小说里最喜欢的三篇。想把一頁 folio 2022 版本的也找来读,年度最喜欢小说家第🥈(第一还是三岛由纪夫)。

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