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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.
"A subtle examination of universal female behavior." --People "[Enchi's] allusions to the masks of No 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