Bestselling Author of Memoirs of a Geisha
- The New Yorker
Ten years after its release, Arthur Golden's gracefully written book remains a modern classic and a "bravura performance." (L.A. Times). After earning degrees in Japanese art from Harvard and Japanese history from Columbia, as well as a Masters in English from Boston University, Golden met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired him to spend ten years researching geisha culture and writing Memoirs of a Geisha, an unqualified literary success. Golden tells the story, to rapt audiences, of how he created his characters, capturing their emotional lives and perfectly conveying a time and place nearly forgotten.
Memoirs of a Geisha: The Writing of a Literary and Commercial Success
Arthur Golden reveals the genesis of a literary classic, serving as inspiration to novelists, young and old, who are serious about honing their craft. He demonstrates how the creative process is neither magical nor mysterious, but something that requires discipline, process and commitment. Working as hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, and conversation, Golden captured the emotional lives of his characters, and perfected conveyed a time and place nearly forgotten.
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel
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, suspensefulâ€”and completely unforgettable.