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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I promise you that after reading this you won't look at your miso soup in its lacquerware bowl the same way as before. An appreciation of shadows and natural light; an absurdity on top of that. Lovely thoughts that ramble on beauty. Read full review

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A different perspective on beauty from the wonderful Tanizaki. At certain points it turns into a lamentation of the western culture's grip on the on the east, but still, it is a fantastic read. My ... 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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