In Praise of Shadows, Volume 10

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Leete's Island Books, 1977 - Literary Criticism - 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  - RajivC - LibraryThing

This is the second time that I read this book, and it has retained its allure. This is a slim book, and yet it took me a week to finish. It is sparse, and yet not a word is wasted. The concepts he ... Read full review

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User Review  - AngelaJMaher - LibraryThing

Plucked at random from the shelves of my local library, this proved to be a gently enjoyable read. The tone is intelligent, yet conversational. An interesting look into aesthetics, culture, and change. Read full review

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

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