Comrade Loves of the Samurai
By (author) Saikaku Ihara
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Comrade Loves of the Samurai by Saikaku Ihara
Book DescriptionIn old Japan, sexual love among the samurai was permissible, and often matured into lifelong companionships. Ihari Saikakku (1642-93) was one of the most illustrious writers of Japan's seventeenth century literary revival. Money and love predominates in most of his incomparable stories. "The Songs of the Geisha" included in this volume is a collection of geisha folk songs composed to be sung to the accompaniment of the shamisen. All of the songs have a charmingly nostalgic quality which fitted well with the time and the circumstances for which they were composed. They are intimately personal, expressing the feelings of the geisha towards their sympathetic listeners. These lyrics, for all their erotic symbolism, are restrained and tactful, and their erotic beauty must be felt rather than heard.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9784805307717
(203mm x 133mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Tuttle Shokai Inc
Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: Japan
Books By Author Saikaku Ihara
Five Women Who Loved Love, Paperback (December 1997)
First published in 1686, Five Women Who Loved Love was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy, life-loving world that was Genroku Japan.
Great Mirror of Male Love, Paperback (January 1990)
Stories of homosexual love affairs between samurai men and boys and between young kabuki actors and their patrons held broad appeal in pre-modern Japanese culture. An independent popular writer, Saikaku wrote "Nanshoku Okagami" in 1687 with the intention of extending his readership.
Life of an Amorous Woman and Other Writings, Paperback (February 1969)» View all books by Saikaku Ihara
"The fine style of writing and the clear outlines of illustration, which are not even remotely 'suggestive' give Saikaku's pornography grace and wit and charity." -James Kirkup
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Author Biography - Saikaku Ihara
The translator, E. Powys Mathers, was born in England in 1892. A graduate of Oxford, he is best known for his translation of The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night.
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