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In Praise of Shadows

Junichiro Tanizaki
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing (Vintage Classics)
Published: May 3, 2001
ISBN: 9780099283577
80 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£7.99

An intimate reflection on Japanese art and architecture from one of the country’s greatest novelists.

This is an enchanting essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. Tanizaki’s eye ranges over architecture, jade, food, toilets, and combines an acute sense of the use of space in buildings, as well as perfect descriptions of lacquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. The result is a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age.

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