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TANIZAKI, Jun'ichirō: In Praise of Shadows (Unabridged)


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TANIZAKI, Jun'ichirō: In Praise of Shadows (Unabridged)

‘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 unfavourably 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.

Disc 1

  In Praise of Shadows (Unabridged)
1.   In Praise of Shadows 00:04:56
2.   Having done passably well with the heating system… 00:06:52
3.   The recent vogue for electric lamps… 00:06:41
4.   Paper, I understand, was invented by the Chinese… 00:06:23
5.   There is a famous restaurant in Kyoto… 00:06:01
6.   Whenever I sit with a bowl of soup before me… 00:03:36
7.   I possess no specialised knowledge of architecture… 00:06:51
8.   A Japanese room might be likened to an inkwash painting… 00:04:33
9.   And surely you have seen, in the darkness… 00:08:35
10.   The darkness in which the No is shrouded… 00:08:31

Disc 2

  In Praise of Shadows (Unabridged)
1.   Why should this propensity to seek beauty in darkness… 00:10:13
2.   The novelist Takebayashi Musoan… 00:07:11
3.   I recently read a newspaper or magazine article… 00:07:39

Total Playing Time: 01:28:02

Tanizaki, Jun'ichirō

Rintoul, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: NA0311

Barcode: 9781781981368

Physical Release: 12/2017

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