In Praise of Shadows
In Praise of Shadows

In Praise of Shadows

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56 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $9.95 (US $9.95) (CA $10.95)

Publication Date: December 1977

ISBN 9780918172020

Rights: WOR

Leete's Island Books (Dec 1977)

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Overview

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.

Reviews

“Tanizaki captures in an amusing, flowing commentary on beauty, architecture, drama, food, feminine beauty, and many other aspects of Japanese life the uneasy mixing of two clashing esthetic traditions.”  —Edwin O. Reischauer, Harvard University

Author Biography

Junichiro Tanizaki was a major writer of modern Japanese literature who wrote numerous books, including The Makioka Sisters and Naomi: A Novel.