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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: 13,114
'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.
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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)