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A fully illustrated, beautifully produced edition of Junichiro Tanizaki's wise and evocative essay on Japanese culture. 'We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates... Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.' This book is in fact a portal. Reading it, you will be led by Junichiro Tanizaki's light touch into a mysterious and tranquil world of darkness and shadows, where gold flashes in the gloom and a deep stillness reigns. If you are accustomed to equate light with clarity, the faded with the worthless and the dim with the dreary, prepare for a courteous but powerful realignment of your ideas. In Praise of Shadows is a poetic paean to traditional Japanese aesthetics - in a free-ranging style that moves from architecture to No theatre, and from cookery to lighting, Tanizaki teaches us to see the beauty in tarnished metal, the sombre dignity in unglazed pottery, the primacy of organic materials that bear witness to the regular touch of human hands. It is also astonishingly prescient, offering a gentle warning against the quest for airbrushed perfection, and reminding us that too much light can pollute and obscure our natural world. In this special edition, the text is accompanied by specially selected images to complement Tanizaki's reflections and further illustrate the pattern and beauty of shadows.
'An exquisite novel about four sisters living though a turbulent decade...I'd put it in the 10 greatest books of the 20th century' David Mitchell 'A near-perfect novel' Hanya Yanagihara In the years leading up to the Second World War, four sisters live in dilapidated houses in Osaka and Ashiya, and each navigate their own complex, personal relationship to the fading lustre of the Makioka family name. Rich with breathtaking descriptions of ancient customs and an ever-changing natural world, Junichiro Tanizaki evokes in loving detail a long-lost way of life even as it withers under the harsh glare of modernity. TRANSLATED BY EDWARD SEIDENSTICKER Part of the VINTAGE JAPANESE CLASSICS - five masterpieces of Japanese fiction in gorgeous new gift editions.
Yazaki Junichiro Works Series selected eleven masterpieces:Love for An Idiot, Swastika, Spring Piano Copy, Blind Story, Wu Zhou's Secret, In Praise of Shadows, A Cat, Two Women, And One Man, Fine Snow, Mother of Major General Zigan, The Key, and Diary of a Mad Old Man, these series includes the representative works of Yazaki Junichiro in each period, trying to show the image of stereoscopic Japanese literary giants for readers.Among them, Fine Snow takes the four sisters of the famous Osaka family as the heroines, depicts the life of the upper class society in the Kansai region of modern Japan, and is known as the superb novel of manners with the classical style.Love for An Idiot is Yazaki Junichiro's representative novel, the hero Rangzhi and heroine Naomi in his works keep a spousal relationship with "e;no precedent in the world"e;, the former abandons himself to maltreatment and the latter is easy to seduce.In Praise of Shadows is a collection of Yazaki's essays, which derives from the view that "e;shadows contribute to the beauty of oriental architecture"e;, and explores the exquisite features of oriental architecture and culture. The writing is free and full of wit and humor.The representative works of Spring Piano Copy, Blind Story, Wu Zhou's Secret returning to the classicism period fully embody Yazaki's creative concepts and aesthetic ideas; the late works of The Key, Diary of a Mad Old Man, and so on, deeply explore the subtleties of the human sexual psychology.
Chijin no ai is the full-length representative work of Junichiro Tanizaki.The male protagonist and female protagonist in the works maintained a husband-wife relationship with no precedent in the world.Kawai Saiji is an electrical engineer. He is conscientious and adores the West.In the bar, he met a girl named Na Omi, (whose original name was "e;Nnaidus"e;). He admired her looks like the mixed-blood people, and felt sad for her poor family circumstances, and then lived with her.Saiji hoped that he can train her to be a well-educated woman, and then got married with her.So he sent her to the English class and dance class, and contracted all her expenses.After that, he got married with Na Omi, but gradually realized that Na Omi had formed the arrogant and profligate habit and communicated with all kinds of men through the way of outside class.It was unbearable to him for her profligate habit, and kicked her out of the house.But he realized that he had been conquered by the body charm of Na Omi, and felt that one day seems like a year.With the excuse of taking something, Na Omi repeatedly took the opportunity to get in and out of the house with Saiji, and seduced Saiji to make him fall into love.Finally, two people returned to cohabitation:Saiji was resigned to a state of being abused, but Na Omi was still skittish and self-willed.
Shunkinsho is the most famous novella by Japanese Aestheticism Master Junichiro Tanizaki.Shunkin, a daughter of Osaka medicine dealer, was blind in her childhood. She was beautiful, intelligent and talented, and showed her amazing talent in music.Sasuke, who came to her family as an apprentice, adored her and secretly studied the shamisen while serving her. Then, he became semi-slavery and semi- apprentice.After the housekeeping, Shunkin was disfigured because of others' hatred. Later, Sasuke stabbed his eyes. Two people went deep into the lowers' world that nobody knew.Jiyege is a novella written in the background of the local history and legend of Jiye. It is also fictional and interesting."e;I"e; was prepared to create a historical novel with the background of the Jiye, and to collect information from the Jiye, but it led to the old story of "e;my"e; friend Jincun Simu's mother who died early and to establish a good marriage.
In Praise of Shadows (Collector's Edition, Day Edition) is a collection of essays by the great Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki, containing six essays of In Praise of Shadows, On Laziness, Love and Eroticism, Annoyance of Entertaining Guests, Random Thoughts on Travailing and Various Toilets, which are the representative works of Junichiro Tanizaki. In Praise of Shadows, the best known one among these essays, extending from the view that the Beauty of the Oriental architecture comes from the shadows, discusses the subtlety of Oriental architecture and arts. Other essays in this book are about the differences between the Oriental and Western cultures. With the writing fluent and free, widely quoted and full of wit and humors, it could be said that Junichiro Tanizaki established a Tanizaki Style Oriental aesthetic system.
In Praise of Shadows (Collector's Edition, Night Edition) is a collection of essays by the great Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki, containing six essays of In Praise of Shadows, On Laziness, Love and Eroticism, Annoyance of Entertaining Guests, Random Thoughts on Travailing and Various Toilets, which are the representative works of Junichiro Tanizaki. In Praise of Shadows, the best known one among these essays, extending from the view that the Beauty of the Oriental architecture comes from the shadows, discusses the subtlety of Oriental architecture and arts. Other essays in this book are about the differences between the Oriental and Western cultures. With the writing fluent and free, widely quoted and full of wit and humors, it could be said that Junichiro Tanizaki established a Tanizaki Style Oriental aesthetic system.
Shozo, a Cat and Two Women is the humorous novella written by Junichiro Tanizaki, a master of Japanese literature.After being driven out of the house by her husband and her mother-in-law, Pinko came up with a plan to return to the family.She wrote to Fukuko, her husband's second wife, and asked her to give her Lily, the cat.Lilu was a cat beloved by Shozo. They eat and slept together, even Fukuko had a complaint about the excess love to the cat by Shozo. Therefore, Fukuko and her mother-in-law forced Shozo to send the cat to Pinko.Pinko finally subdued Lily, and her husband also came along, as expected. Cats as women and women as cat. The man was at a loss as to what to do with them. A lifelike family comedy made people laugh.
This novel is another attempt to challenging the Tale, the ancient literary form by Junichiro Tanizaki, a writing of aesthetism. Setting the Japanese Warring States Period as the background, the author placed a fictional character into the history material mixed with truth and imagination, revealing the unique charm of fictional writing. The Lord of Musashi , as the son of the Kiryu Family who were the Guardian of Musashi area, had been kept as a hostage in the Stag Mountain City since his childhood. When he was thirteen, during the besiege of the Stag Mountain City, The Lord of Musashi witnessed a weird picture of a young girl holding a severed head of her enemy, and since then had an abnormal and life-long sexual addiction......This book features the 38 illustrations by Kimura Shohachi, the famous painter during the Taisho and Showa period, which have thoroughly shown the sensual beauty of Tanizaki's works.
A Blind Man's Tale is one of the representative works of the Japanese literature master Junichiro Tanizaki's return to classical traditional literature. During the Japanese Warring States Period, the daimyos kept fighting each other, Lady Okichi, the first beauty of that Period, and the younger sister of Oda Nobunaga, was married to Azai Nagamasa. However, with the later fights between Oda Nobunaga and Azai Nagamasa, Nagamasawas was forced to commit suicide. The Lady drifted from place to place with her three daughters in the chaos of war, and remarried Shibata Katsuie. After Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeated Shibata Shibata, the Lady finally committed suicide in the castle. Situations changed and the fate was unpredictable, there was only a blind musician as the Lady's most devoted admirer, stayed with her till in the chaos from the beginning to the end...
The Makioka Sisters is not only the top masterpiece of Junichiro Tanizaki, the famous Japanese writer, but also an outstanding representative of the Showa Period's literary world. French writer Sartre highly praised the work as "e;the top masterpiece of modern Japanese literature."e; The Makioka Sisters is a novel of manners that describes the love stories of middle-class Japanese young men and women. It tells the stories of the four sisters of the rich Makioka family of Osaka. The story develops around the marriage arrangement for Yukiko, the third Makioka sister, by the second sister Sachiko couple, and the love stories of Taeko, the youngest sister; it ends with the successful dating and marriage arrangement of Yukiko.
Written in 1949, Captain Shigemoto's Mother tells a story of a young boy named Shigemoto's thinking of his mother, who was abducted away at his childhood. Lady Genji, Captain Shigemoto's mother was famous for her beauty in the Heian Period. She married Kunitsune who is 50 years older than her. The elder husband treated his wife with love and care, however the loneliness of a young woman cannot be easily be filled, therefore the lady kept having love affairs with others, and finally lead to the scandal of the Minister of the Left openly abducting Kunitsune's wife in the Kunitsune's family feast. The author quoted words and phrases from other works to support the truth of the story, while the personal opinions appearing from time to time brings mixed feelings of truth and imagination, the misplacement sense of overlapping ancient and modern times, all these make the reading like a documentary legends or anecdotes, and provide the readers with attractive and rich pleasures of reading. Using the Japanese classical literature approach represented by the Tale of Genji, Junichiro Tanizaki created a magnificent legend of Heian era. Commentator Kamei Katsuichiro praised that the Captain Shigemoto's Mother is a combined outcome of Tanizaki's Literature at the top level.I hope not to offend the dignity of the historical facts, while at the same time make complements to the insufficient records, and therefore to develop my own world---Junichiro Tanizaki