In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight.

Jun'ichiro Tanizaki (24 July 1886 – 30 July 1965) was one of the major writers of modern Japanese literature. Frequently his stories are narrated in the context of a search for cultural identity in which constructions of the West and Japanese tradition are juxtaposed.

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