‘Tattoo’ by Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, translated by Ivan Morris

A twisted tattooist finds the perfect human canvas on which to tattoo a spider. The joke’s on him, of course…

First published in Japanese 1910.  Collected in Modern Japanese Short Stories, Tuttle 2019. Read a different translation by Howard Hibbett under the title ‘The Tattooer’ available for PDF download here, or as ‘The Victim’ in the Paris Review here

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