Vita Sexualis

Vita Sexualis

Ōgai Mori Sanford Goldstein Kazuji Ninomiya / Jun 04, 2020
Vita Sexualis Though banned three weeks after its publication in Vita Sexualis is far than a prurient erotic novel The narrator a professor of philosophy wrestles with issues of sexual desire sex education
  • Title: Vita Sexualis
  • Author: Ōgai Mori Sanford Goldstein Kazuji Ninomiya
  • ISBN: 9780804810487
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • Though banned three weeks after its publication in 1909, Vita Sexualis is far than a prurient erotic novel The narrator, a professor of philosophy, wrestles with issues of sexual desire, sex education, and the proper place of sensuality He tells the story of his own journey into sexual awareness, spanning fifteen years, from his first exposure to erotic woodcuts atThough banned three weeks after its publication in 1909, Vita Sexualis is far than a prurient erotic novel The narrator, a professor of philosophy, wrestles with issues of sexual desire, sex education, and the proper place of sensuality He tells the story of his own journey into sexual awareness, spanning fifteen years, from his first exposure to erotic woodcuts at the age of six, to his first physical response to a woman, and his eventual encounter with a professional courtesan Beyond being a poignant account of one boy s coming of age, Vita Sexualis is also an important record of Japan s moral struggles during the cultural upheaval of the last years of the Meiji era.In response to the publication of Vita Sexualis, Ogai Mori was reprimanded by Japan s vice minister of war.
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      • Ōgai Mori Sanford Goldstein Kazuji Ninomiya

        Mori gai, pseudonym of Mori Rintar born February 17, 1862, Tsuwano, Japan died July 9, 1922, Tokyo , one of the creators of modern Japanese literature.The son of a physician of the aristocratic warrior samurai class, Mori gai studied medicine, at first in Tokyo and from 1884 to 1888 in Germany In 1890 he published the story Maihime The Dancing Girl , an account closely based on his own experience of an unhappy attachment between a German girl and a Japanese student in Berlin It represented a marked departure from the impersonal fiction of preceding generations and initiated a vogue for autobiographical revelations among Japanese writers gai s most popular novel, Gan 1911 13 part translation The Wild Goose , is the story of the undeclared love of a moneylender s mistress for a medical student who passes by her house each day gai also translated Hans Christian Andersen s autobiographical novel Improvisatoren.In 1912 gai was profoundly moved by the suicide of General Nogi Maresuke, following the death of the emperor Meiji, and he turned to historical fiction depicting the samurai code The heroes of several works are warriors who, like General Nogi, commit suicide in order to follow their masters to the grave Despite his early confessional writings, gai came to share with his samurai heroes a reluctance to dwell on emotions His detachment made his later works seem cold, but their strength and integrity were strikingly close to the samurai ideals he so admired.


    1. Writer explores his fairly aloof sexuality.When he was six he glimpsed a naughty book over the shoulder of a young virgin.When he was seven a local rustic made shouty reference to his parents bedroom activities.When he was ten he found some porn Started to think about genitals.Autumn of that year overheard local toughs at a festival.When he was eleven moved to Tokyo Retainer takes him to Yoshiwara for tea just tea with a prostitute Catches a naughty play Hears servants flirting At boarding scho [...]

    2. gai Mori fue un tipo extra o Ten a el m s alto cargo para un m dico militar en el gobierno imperial japon s, y sin embargo, tambi n se dedicaba a traducir del franc s, del ingl s y del alem n O sea, dedic su vida a dos de las ocupaciones humanistas m s respetadas de Jap n la medicina y la educaci n No recuerdo donde le que est considerado como el padre de la literatura moderna japonesa, junto con Soseki Efectivamente tiene un estilo sobrio, viril pero nunca abandona la poes a y cierta forma de h [...]

    3. Despite what the title seems to promise, the book itself is mainly a reflection on life, its driving forces and to what degree can sexuality be counted among them.The body of the novel is short, to the point, and throughout its entirety there are numerous hints that the author questions the validity of several literary trends and social s of his time In the very beginning of the book he writes that either the Japanese have lost their minds from all the sex found in contemporary novels or his nar [...]

    4. Mi fa sempre sorridere e riflettere sullo straordinario potere dell erotismo il fatto che questo romanzo breve di Mori Ogai concepito come ironica condanna degli allora dilaganti shishosetsu romanzi verit in cui gli autori giapponesi scandalizzavano il pubblico con i racconti pi intimi e spinti del loro coming of age sia pubblicato da ES nella collana biblioteca dell eros Ai tempi 1909 il diario dei primi turbamenti amorosi del giovane Kanai fece scalpore, ma oggigiorno davvero difficile rintrac [...]

    5. An interesting fictional record of the sexual or non sexual life of a young Japanese philosopher in the Meiji era Ogai was opposed to the Japanese naturalist movement, which he believed put sex and sexuality at the root of all actions He uses this account to refute this idea sexuality is portrayed as neither the motivating force in life nor something that one slips into organically Although the basic premise of the novel seemed to me both truthful and innovative for its time 1909 , I thought tha [...]

    6. The best thing Mori has written Very easy to read, reads like a autobiography of growing up in changing Japan when homosexuality became questionable rather than honourable ahead of its time Considering the significance of the book in Japanese literature and how quick it is too read, its an excellent book to add to the read list

    7. Fascinating What was controversial then is tame by today s standards, but that s partly what makes it fascinating to draw contemporary parallels while reading it You have to stick with this book til the end It s the third person wrap up at the end that makes it extraordinary.

    8. Vita Sexualis is a diary of one man s sexual awakening from awareness, to growing understanding, to consuming desire, and finally, to swift action These accounts begin at the age of six and end at twenty one It is an interesting read, but not essential reading If you only read one Mori Ogai work, read his popular The Wild Geese However, if you have a fancy for this kind of thing, then by all means, go for it.

    9. The book, which is a collection of scenes from the author s encounters with sexuality over the ages, pulls you in with the information that this was one of Japan s first erotica novel that was banned within a month of its release On the sexuality front, the book shows fleeting glimpses of what sex translates to the mind without the mode of a translator, and digs into deeper philosophical stances Loved the ending of the book, the way the author turns it into a diary of sorts Overall the middle co [...]

    10. The middling rating of this book is not a reflection of its quality It s in something of the same vein as Beauty in Disarray , a highly specialized story that isn t likely to find a wide audience But for what it is, it s thoughtful and says a great deal about the time and place it appeared in, doubly so given how it was rather ludicrously censored after its publication.

    11. I admire Mori gai for writing at a time when the Meiji government was suppressing any literature they believed to contain pornographic materials Why they choose to suppress this book, however, escapes my grasp Perhaps it s just because of the time period I have been steeped in In my opinion, however, this book has no sex Even when he has sex finally, somewhere near the last 20 or so pages , there is no description besides him being carefully led to lay down by a high class geisha.I did wonder, h [...]

    12. O carte ceva mai interesant dec t m am a teptat chiar dac nu m a teptam s fie foarte interesant Filozoful Kanei cite te al n lea volum care trateaz sexualitatea ca fiind un subiect de baz al oamenilor, de i lui nu i s a p rut niciodat c ar fi cu adev rat un subiect at t de important Se apuc i el s i scrie experien ele legate de sexualitate, ncep nd cu primele momente n care a fost con tient c exista un ceva acolo, p n la maturitate, la nceput n ideea de a i da manuscrisul fiului lui, care ar put [...]

    13. Fascinating little novel Mori was a member of the so calledRomantic school at that time and reacting against the interest in naturalism, a la Zola, and specifically the overwhelming interest in sexuality as a motive behind human action The novel is a series ofreflections by a philosophy professor trying to relate all of hismemories of his developing sexuality in order to share with his son, who is at this point very young The idea of sexual education wasnew at the time and it is this man s way o [...]

    14. In 1909 Mori Ogai, writer of the great Gan Wild Geese , released this erotic novel It s basically a kind of CV of the sexual experiences of a man who considers himself frigid I picked it up because I loved Gan and had paid a visit to Ogai s old house, which still stands, in Kokura I couldn t find much to like about it.

    15. An erotic autobiography that ends almost before sex The sexual education of a Japanese man of the early twentieth century holds the secret of the sexual behavior of a contemporary Japanese man.Plot The sexual life of a man who have not sex See at rtbookreviews blog 805

    16. Lo de Vita Sexualis es muy relativo, o el tratamiento que se le da a la vida sexual del protagonista es muy sutil Esta muy bueno para conocer los usos y costumbres de los jovenes estudiantes de buena posici n en el Tokio de las ltimas decadas del siglo XIX.

    17. likely has historical value as to how subject matter was handled and expressed during the time, but has none for me.i just cannot empathize with the mentality of the protagonist, but this is also why i can t be fucked with period romances and the like.

    18. Brief, but relatively dull and pointless, and not due to its lack of spicy material A disappointment.

    19. A very important book in the evolution of Japanese literature It might, however, strike the casual reader as a minor novel.

    20. Short to the point, Vita Sexualis is a reflection on the formative years of life, in particular the role sex has in it.

    21. Interesting historical view of an author looking at the concept of sexual desire in his main character in the late 19th century Very Japanese

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