This is a novelette by Junichiro Tanizaki in 1933. The story features a blind shamisen player Shunkin, and her disciple and servant Sasuke.
The novel adopts a remarkable style in which punctuation marks are eliminated as much as possible.
The interaction between them represents masochism and aestheticism, which are also seen in A Fool's Love by Tanizaki.
Especially, the scene where Sasuke stings his eyes with a needle after someone breaks in and pours boiling water over Shunkin's face is the extreme of the author's taste.