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Autobiography of a Geisha

Author: Sayo Masuda
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Sayo Masuda was a geisha at a hot springs resort, where the realities of sex for sale are unadorned by the trappings of wealth and power. Remarkable for its wit and frankness, the book is a moving  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sayo Masuda; Sayo Masuda
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sayo Masuda
ISBN: 0231129513 9780231129510
OCLC Number: 61929270
Description: vii, 199, [1] pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: A Little Dog, Abandoned and Terrified --
Little Crane the nursemaid --
The eyes of the oxen glow in the dark --
I, too, had a mother --
The Sunburned Novice --
The dream palace --
Geisha school --
I want to be a geisha, right now --
My four "Elder Sisters" --
The death of Elder Sister Takemi --
The hot iron --
The scar --
I learn my name --
Cruel rules --
I devote myself to art --
Miss Low Gets Wise --
Shallow river --
A secret place --
The new novice --
The sleep-with-anyone geisha --
How to be cute and sexy --
Bird in a Cage --
My first customer --
The geisha temperament --
Miscarriage --
Thou shalt not love --
In the party business --
Tip taker --
Tsukiko's suicide --
Revenge --
Awakening to Love --
Number Two and Number Three --
Tricks of the love trade --
The witcher bewitched --
True love --
Attempted suicide --
Wanderings of a Castaway --
No place to call home --
A brother's love --
Tears of humiliation --
War's end --
The dumpling-soup diner --
A Dream for My Little Brother --
Beautiful eyes --
Peddler --
Street stall --
Gang moll --
Little Foundling --
Seven funerary laths --
The Depths of Despair --
My little brother's suicide --
Return to Suwa --
Reunion --
Happy days --
Farewell banquet --
Love's anguish --
Happiness and unhappiness --
Wandering between life and death --
The Road Back to Life --
Innocent smile --
Vain dreams --
The Prostitution Prevention Act --
Cats' paws.
Other Titles: Geisha, kutō no hanshōgai.
Responsibility: Sayo Masuda ; translated by G.G. Rowley.

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This account shocked Japanese readers with its bitter taste of grinding poverty and its revelations about the geisha world's dark side. A comfortless portrait of the flip side of the geisha world, Read more...

 
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