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In Praise of Shadows

Jun'ichiro Tanizaki



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01 June 2001
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Philosophy: aesthetics
This is an essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. The text 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 essay forms a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age.
By:   Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 5mm
Weight:   64g
ISBN:   9780099283577
ISBN 10:   0099283573
Series:   Vintage classics
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   01 June 2001
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

Reviews for In Praise of Shadows

In Praise of Shadows laments the fading of traditional Japanese culture in the electric glare of Westernization. Tanizaki is at times funny (he celebrates outdoor toilets), aggravating (he meanders) and overwhelmingly lyrical (his descriptions of lacquerware in candlelight are feted). This remains relevant and important, making us re-evaluate ourselves. review by JOSIE BARNARD. Editor's note: Josie Barnard's is the author of Poker Face. (Kirkus UK)

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