Devils in Daylight (Paperback)
Devils in Daylight is a hundred year old novella only recently translated into English. Reading it I felt as if I had been syringed with liquidized anxiety. Only ninety pages long and a big-time page-turner I ended up finishing it over the course of two train rides all in a single day. Although technically a murder mystery the novella playfully examines the relationship between the genre and its often-voyeuristic reader. Reminiscent of Edgar Allan Poe the book touches heavily on the theme of madness and it’s no surprise Tanizaki references a notable Poe work.
-- Lucas— From Lucas K. Staff Picks
One morning, Takahashi, a writer who has just stayed up all night working, is interrupted by a phone call from his old friend Sonomura: barely able to contain his excitement, Sonomura claims that he has cracked a secret cryptographic code based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold-Bug and now knows exactly when and where a murder will take place--and they must hurry if they want to witness the murder, because it's later that very night Sonomura has a history of lunacy and playing the amateur detective, so Takahashi is of course reluctant to believe him. Nevertheless, they stake out the secret location, and through tiny peepholes in the knotted wood, become voyeurs at the scene of a shocking crime...
Atmospheric, erotic, and tense, Devils in Daylight is an early work by the master storyteller who "created a lifelong series of ingenious variations on a dominant theme: the power of love to energize and destroy" (Chicago Tribune).