In praise of shadows
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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Review: In Praise of ShadowsUser Review - Janet - Goodreads
I always like a book that changes the way I see the world. As a Westerner who likes LIGHT more LIGHT, this praise of shadows, the dusky atmosphere of the past and architecture which protects and ... Read full review
Review: In Praise of ShadowsUser Review - Ray Hartley - Goodreads
Tanizaki's essay on aesthetics, written early in the previous century continues to make compelling reading. He argues that the Western preoccupation with bright lighting and 'cleanliness' destroys the ... Read full review