Book Title: In Praise Of Shadows : Vintage Design Edition
Author: Gaston Bachelard
Format: Paperback | 80 pages
Publication Date: 01 Sep 2006
This is an enchanting essay on aesthetics by one of the greatest Japanese novelists. Tanizaki's eye ranges over architecture, jade, food, toilets, and combines an acute sense of the use of space in buildings, as well as perfect descriptions of lacquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure. The result is a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age.