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In Praise Of Shadows (Vintage Design Edition)

Tanizaki, Junichiro
In Praise Of Shadows (Vintage Design Edition)

In Praise Of Shadows (Vintage Design Edition)

In Praise Of Shadows (Vintage Design Edition)

Tanizaki, Junichiro
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"Essential reading" (David Adjaye, architect)"An elegant essay on traditional Japanese aesthetics by the great novelist. A delight to read" (Independent on Sunday)"More like a poem than an essay" (Building Design)"Tanizaki suggests an attitude of appreciation and mindfulness, especially mindfulness of beauty, ...
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"Essential reading" (David Adjaye, architect)

"An elegant essay on traditional Japanese aesthetics by the great novelist. A delight to read" (Independent on Sunday)

"More like a poem than an essay" (Building Design)

"Tanizaki suggests an attitude of appreciation and mindfulness, especially mindfulness of beauty, as central to life lived well" (AC Grayling)

"This has been an important book for my career. I?ve read it multiple times?it continues to be meaningful and I don't expect that will change. Shadows are more important than objects because they enter the realm of the mysterious. The white space is more important than the stroke of the pen. Shadows are the silent reason that objects are recognized; they give them shape. Shadows represent the soul of a place or object" (Tom Kundig, architect)


A fully illustrated, beautifully produced edition of Junichiro Tanizaki's wise and evocative essay on Japanese culture.



?We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates? Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.?

This book is in fact a portal. Reading it, you will be led by Junichiro Tanizaki?s light touch into a mysterious and tranquil world of darkness and shadows, where gold flashes in the gloom and a deep stillness reigns. If you are accustomed to equate light with clarity, the faded with the worthless and the dim with the dreary, prepare for a courteous but powerful realignment of your ideas.

In Praise of Shadows is a poetic paean to traditional Japanese aesthetics ? in a free-ranging style that moves from architecture to No theatre, and from cookery to lighting, Tanizaki teaches us to see the beauty in tarnished metal, the sombre dignity in unglazed pottery, the primacy of organic materials that bear witness to the regular touch of human hands. It is also astonishingly prescient, offering a gentle warning against the quest for airbrushed perfection, and reminding us that too much light can pollute and obscure our natural world.

In this special edition, the text is accompanied by specially selected images to complement Tanizaki?s reflections and further illustrate the pattern and beauty of shadows.