"Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind the Fiction: The Secret History of a Vanishing World" by Lesley Downer
Endeavour; 2015 | EPUB | 384 pages | ISBN: 0747271054, ASIN: B013SY90NM | English | 0.4 MB
Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, they have been intrigued by Japanese womanhood and, above all, the geisha.
This fascination has spawned a wealth of extraordinary fictional creations, from Puccinis Madame Butterfly to Arthur Goldens Memoirs of a Geisha.
The reality of the geishas existence, though - whether today or in history - has very rarely been addressed.
The real, hidden history of the geisha - and the contemporary reality of this intensely private and disappearing world - is here fully and brilliantly explored by an award-winning writer.
Lesley Downer describes the history of the practise, one which is endangered in the modern era.
By speaking to geishas and those who spend time with them, the author gives a well-rounded portrait, which is at times unsettling and at others enthralling.
‘Lesley Downer has taken the essential truth of geisha culture - its mystery - and peeled it away layer after layer like an onion. I highly recommend her engaging and enlightening examination of this little-known world - Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
‘A fascinating book...packed with riveting detail ¬- The Times