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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
The glamorous world of Kyoto's geisha is familiar to many readers but Sayo Masuda's tale tells a different story, one that bears little resemblance to the elegant geisha quarters frequented by illustrious patrons. Masuda was a geisha at a rural hot- springs resort where the realities of sex for sale were unadorned by the trappings of wealth and power. Sent to work as a nursemaid at the age of six she was then sold to a geisha house at the age of twelve to learn the geisha arts. When she made her debut as a geisha in 1940 she was sixteen. Although she had barely learnt to write Masuda was determined to set down her story, motivated by the desire to tell the truth about life as a geisha and explode the myths surrounding their secret world. Remarkably 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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