In Praise of ShadowsPaperback
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- Publisher: Leete's Island Books,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 56 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 5mm | 181g
- Publication date: 1 January 1980
- Publication City/Country: Bramford, CT
- ISBN 10: 0918172020
- ISBN 13: 9780918172020
- Sales rank: 14,004
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.
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Junichiro Tanizaki was a major writer of modern Japanese literature who wrote numerous books, including "The Makioka Sisters "and "Naomi: A Novel."
"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
In Praise of Shadows laments the fading of traditional Japanese culture in the electric glare of Westernization. Tanizaki is at times funny (he celebrates outdoor toilets), aggravating (he meanders) and overwhelmingly lyrical (his descriptions of lacquerware in candlelight are feted). This remains relevant and important, making us re-evaluate ourselves. review by JOSIE BARNARD. Editor's note: Josie Barnard's is the author of Poker Face. (Kirkus UK)