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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
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Korean Title: "Geisha"-eui Chu-eok
Author: Arthur S. Golden
Translator: Jeong-hee Im
Publisher: Hyundae Munhwa Center
496 pages | 210*148mm

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About This Book

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.


The New Yorker, John Burnham Schwartz
There is a particular pleasure to be found in reading a novel that is sui generis and yet is imbued with subtle shadings of its literary predecessors: this is a high-wire act. To protect himself against falling, the author has brought to his task a prodigious trove of research ... and an uncanny degree of empathy for ... a woman usually regarded in the West as either caricature or museum piece.... Rarely has a world so closed and foreign been evoked with such natural assurance...

The New York Times Book Review, John David Morley
Many ... details serve to enrich Memoirs of a Geisha, giving Sayuri's story a sharper focus and providing the distinctive qualities the heroine herself lacks. One can't help concluding that if Golden had chosen to write the biography of a geisha rather than her fictional autobiography, he might have achieved a lot more by settling for hardly less.

The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Heller McAlpin
Memoirs of a Geisha is a bravura performance, a first novel that provides a vivid view into a largely lost and secret world. Golden tells a mesmerizing story.... The subject of geisha, like prostitutes, is a natural attention-grabber, arousing easy prurient interests. What a delight, then, to find the subject treated with intelligent forthrightness and delicacy in this day of no-holds-barred lasciviousness.... It is a remarkable achievement for any writer, but especially for a white male from a markedly different culture.


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