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  - Amy Neftzger - Goodreads

This was an interesting book about light and shadows, but it's more or less a commentary on the differences between cultures and a desire to maintain a cultural identity and values in the modern age ... Read full review

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User Review  - sara - Goodreads

I dislike steel. I dislike concrete. I hate loud and frigid architecture. I love minimalism, but most archtitects today seem to relate minimalism in architecture with frigidity and numbness, even ... 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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