Tokyo: Libro Port, 1993.
Hardcover. 12 1/8" X 9". Dust jacket, enclosed in protective onionskin, with obi present, over glossy red paper boards. Soiling to onionskin. Light shelfwear. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and bright. Photographs in black-and-white. "Moist genitals, the rippled textures of fruits, an insect shell, a narrow wasit, a hanging bouquet of flowers, dribbling sperm, drops of sweat, cracks in a wall, rotten meat, a long and graceful nape, loose hair...all of these images appear in flashbacks with a dizzying rapidity beyond consciousness. Real genitals are not depicted. But this series of images reveals them in a way that the real things never could, revealing the boundary between eros and thanatos." --Toshiharu Ito, from the essay "Intoxicant" included in Japanese and English in this collection. A truly striking example of the work of Japanese erotic photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (b. 1940). Very good + / very good +. Item #4688