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  • In Praise of Shadows | Junichiro Tanizaki

    In Praise of Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Junichiro Tanizaki
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    T. Prizer says: "Powerful evocation of materiality and its aura"
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