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  • Published: 7 August 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099771517
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $28.99

Memoirs Of A Geisha




Seductive, evocative, exquisite - intimate memoirs spanning half a century of Japanese history, revealing a closed world.

A seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, that tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl. Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan's most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. From a small fishing village in 1929, the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York; it exquisitely evokes another culture, a different time and the details of an extraordinary way of life. It conjures up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men.

  • Pub date: 7 August 1998
  • ISBN: 9780099771517
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $28.99

About the Author

Arthur Golden

Arthur Golden was born and brought up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a 1978 graduate of Harvard College with a degree in art history, specialising in Japanese art. In 1980 he earned an MA in Japanese history from Columbia where he also learned Mandarin Chinese.


Praise for Memoirs Of A Geisha

“Exceptional and erotic”

Literary Review

“Intimate and brutal, written in cool, lucid prose it is a novel whose psychological empathy and historical truths are outstanding”

Mail on Sunday

“This is one of those rare novels that evokes a vanished world with absolute conviction and in every detail...This book is exceptional”

Daily Mail


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