In Praise of Shadows-9780099283577

In Praise of Shadows

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Author(s): Tanizaki, Junichiro,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 03/05/2001,
Pagination: 80 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Vintage Classics,
Published By: Vintage Publishing,
Book Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),
Dimensions: 130 x 199 x 8
ISBN13/EAN/SKU: 9780099283577

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.

'Elegant...a delight to read' Independent on Sunday