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Autobiography Of A Geisha

Sayo Masuda G. G. Rowley



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01 March 2004
Biography; Autobiography: general; Asian history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Gender studies: women
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.
By:   Sayo Masuda
Translated by:   G. G. Rowley
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   160g
ISBN:   9780099462040
ISBN 10:   0099462044
Series:   Vintage Original S.
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   01 March 2004
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Autobiography Of A Geisha

<p>Her story is heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit prevents it from becoming maudlin.--Elizabeth Quinn Bust (01/01/0001)

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