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In praise of shadows

Author: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki; David Rintoul; Thomas J Harper; Edward Seidensticker; Naxos AudioBooks, Ltd.
Publisher: [Franklin (Tenn.)] : Naxos Audiobooks, 2017. ℗2017
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
Summary:
'Were it not for shadows there would be no beauty.' In Praise of Shadows is an eloquent tribute to the austere beauty of traditional Japanese aesthetics. Through architecture, ceramics, theatre, food, women and even toilets, Tanizaki explains the essence of shadows and darkness, and how they are able to augment beauty. He laments the heavy electric lighting of the West and its introduction to Japan, and shows how  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Livres audio
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Jun'ichirō Tanizaki; David Rintoul; Thomas J Harper; Edward Seidensticker; Naxos AudioBooks, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781781981368 1781981361
OCLC Number: 1023811148
Performer(s): Read by David Rintoul.
Description: 2 audio discs (01 hr., 28 min.) ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (7 pages ; 12 cm)
Other Titles: Inʼei raisan.
Responsibility: Junichiro Tanizaki ; translated by Thomas J. Harper & Edward G. Seidensticker.

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'Were it not for shadows there would be no beauty.' In Praise of Shadows is an eloquent tribute to the austere beauty of traditional Japanese aesthetics. Through architecture, ceramics, theatre, food, women and even toilets, Tanizaki explains the essence of shadows and darkness, and how they are able to augment beauty. He laments the heavy electric lighting of the West and its introduction to Japan, and shows how the artificial, bright and polished aesthetic of the West contrasts unfavorably with the moody and natural light of the East. Dreamy, melancholic and mysterious, In Praise of Shadows is a haunting insight into a forgotten world.

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