In Praise of Shadows

ISBN-10: 0918172020
ISBN-13: 9780918172020
Edition: 1977
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Description: An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.95
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Leete's Island Books
Publication date: 12/1/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 56
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure.

A true Edokko (child of Tokyo), born in the low-lying merchant areas of the metropolis, Tanizaki lived his later years in the Kansai region and immersed himself in the traditions of the court culture of ancient Japan. He was also widely read in Western literature. A superb storyteller whose characters delight in the sensual, Tanizaki's tales often combine the erotic with details of traditional Japanese arts. He spent three years translating the eleventh-century novel The Tale of Genji into modern Japanese.

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