In Praise of Shadows

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Leete's Island Books, 1977 - Literary Collections - 48 pages
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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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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

If Tanizaki had written this book from a Westerner's perspective, the essay would be regarded as retrograde and pessimistically nostalgic. To be sure, only a highly-evolved culture is capable of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

This book sensitized me to light how different cultures use light. In Japanese architecture, natural light is always filtered, indirect and moody. In western architecture, sunlight is highly valued ... Read full review

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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.

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