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Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda

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Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda

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Chronicles a harsh world in which young women faced the realities of sex for sale and were deprived of their freedom and identity. This work also tells of the author's life after leaving the geisha house, painting a panorama of the grinding poverty of rural life in wartime Japan.

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Sayo Masuda's story is an extraordinary portrait of rural life in Japan and an illuminating contrast to the fictionalised lives of glamorous geishas. At the age of six masuda's poverty-stricken family sent her to work as a nursemaid. At the age of twelve, she was indentured to a geisha house. In "Autobiography of the Geisha", Masuda chronicles a harsh world in which young women faced the realities of sex for sale and were deprived of their freedom and identity. She also tells of her life after leaving the geisha house, painting a vivid panorama of the grinding poverty of rural life in wartime Japan. Many years later Masuda decided to tell her story. Although she could barely read or write she was determined to tell the truth about life as a geisha and explode the myths surrounding their secret world. Remarkable frank and incredibly moving, this is the record of one woman's survival on the margins of Japanese society.

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SKU GOR000268392
Title Autobiography of a Geisha
Author By (author) Sayo Masuda
Contributor Translated by G.G. Rowley
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Vintage
Year Published 2004
Page Number 216
ISBN 0099462044
ISBN13 9780099462040
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes No
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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