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In Praise of Shadows Contributor(s): Tanizaki, Junichiro (Author)

In Praise of Shadows Contributor(s): Tanizaki, Junichiro (Author)

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In Praise of Shadows
Contributor(s): Tanizaki, Junichiro (Author)
ISBN: 0918172020    EAN: 9780918172020
Publisher: Leetes Island Books   
US SRP: $11.95 US  
Binding: Paperback
Copyright Date: 1977
Pub Date: December 01, 1977
Physical Info: 0.3" H x 8.3" L x 5.3" W (0.2 lbs) 56 pages

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

Translated from the Japanese. 'In Praise of Shadows' is an essay on aesthetics, which describes the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age. It covers architecture, jade, food, and the use of space in buildings.

Review Quotes:
"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
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