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Geisha

The Secret History of a Vanishing World

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Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World by Lesley Downer
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Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, we have been intrigued by geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of fictional creations from Madame Butterfly to Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha". The reality of the geisha's existence has rarely been described. Contrary to popular opinion, geisha are not prostitutes but literally "arts people". Their accomplishments might include singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument but, above all, they are masters of the art of conversation, soothing worries of highly paid businessmen who can afford their attentions. The real secret history of the geisha is explored here.

Author Biography

Lesley Downer lived in Japan for more than ten years and speaks fluent Japanese. As well as contributing a weekly column to The Scotsman she writes features for the Independent, the Financial Times and The Sunday Times.
Release date NZ
June 14th, 2001
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
8 illustrations, 8pp colour photos
Imprint
Headline Book Publishing
Pages
448
Dimensions
128x195x28
ISBN-13
9780747264262
Product ID
1665235

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