This collection of four stories by Japan’s number one writer of erotic fiction, Oniroku Dan, will bring a smile to the face of even the most seasoned veteran of shock with its magisterial description of sadomasochistic bondage domination.
The steamy, loosely autobiographical stories touch upon Dan’s favorite aspect of the culture, namely humiliation, and all its attendant emotions. In the titular “Season of Infidelity” he divulges the disturbing, titillating details that led to a break-up with his wife. In “Pretty Boy,” he is forced to recall his college days when longing fomented regrettable sexual experimentation. The palatial halls of Versailles inspire a “Deer Park” of Dan’s own dreams until he is invited as a guest to a rival party that provides a superior sadism.
“Bewitching Bloom,” the final entry, nostalgically presents his real-life professional relationship with the original Queen of Pink, Naomi Tani, brightest star of Nikkatsu’s legendary Roman Porno films. Recalling the Golden Age of Japanese blue flicks, Dan introduces readers to a young Tani whose undeniable beauty and seemingly indomitable personality made her an industry touchstone and Dan’s personal muse.