Sayo Masuda's story is an extraordinary portrait of rural life in Japan and an illunimating contrast to the fictionalised lives of glamorous geishas. At the age of six masuda's poverty-stricken family sent her to work as a nursemaid. At the age of twelve, she was indentured to a geisha house. In Autobiography of the Geisha, Masuda chrinicles a harsh world in which young women faced the realities of e=sex for sale and wre deprived of their freedom and identity. She also tells of her life after leaving the geisha house, painting a vivid panaorama of the grinding poverty of rurla life in wartime Japan. Many years later Masuda decided to tell her story. Although she could barely read or write she was determined to tell the truth abouth life as a geisha and explode the myths surrounding their secret world. Remarkable frank and incredibly moving, this is the record of one woman's survival on the margins of japanese society.