En Occidente, el más poderoso aliado de la belleza ha sido siempre la luz. En cambio, en la estética tradicional japonesa lo esencial es captar el enigma de la . Buy El elogio de la sombra by Junichiro Tanizaki, Francisco Javier de Esteban Baquedano (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Free UK. Tanizaki y El elogio de la sombra. likes. In praise of shadows, Éloge de l’ ombre Junichirō Tanizaki.

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Junichiro Tanizaki, El elogio de la sombra

The Japanese architectural aesthetic is greatly based on the wabi-sabi philosophical foundation of impermanence and imperfection. For decades after my mother xe using her Singer sewing machine it sat in the corner taking up space, its implacable beauty defying anyone to suggest throwing it out. I wish I could hide all my electrical wires too.

In fact, it is only because of this appreciation of darkness and shadow that the beauty of light and gold can be experienced. Tanizaki was not just any Japanese writer. No trivia or quizzes yet. But it gets better towards the end when its cantankerousness and hyperbole get amusing, and it does ultimately manage to express a mournful nostalgia for a dying aesthetic, even if that aesthetic is more of a personal aesthetic than the author admits, rather than being an expression of national character.

The simplicity of traditional Japanese decor appeals to me: Tanizaki wrote this short book to explain the importance of shadow and darkness in oriental culture His plea touches my heart. The softness of an object is highlighted through the shades of darkness; its beauty enhanced through an array of radiated nuances, the shadows cultivating a life of their own.


El elogio de la sombra

Quotes from El elogio de la s Nonetheless the essay is of substantial interest and leads the reader to deeper knowledge of elements of Japanese esthetics and to greater insights into a more informed critique of elements of our own culture. Pretty much Tanizaki outlays the differences in culture between the East and West on darkness, with a focus on shadows.

However, like many Japanese novelists, Tanizaki was concerned with the slow Westernisation of Japanese culture, as Japan’s uniqueness, it’s customers, it’s ideal and aesthetics were slowly being overcome by a kind of vapid, vulgar Westernisation, its identity slowly being eroded under a suffocating homogenisation. Junichiro Tanizaki selects for praise all things delicate and nuanced, everything softened by shadows and the patina of age, anything understated and natural—as for example the patterns of grain in old wood, the sound of rain dripping from eaves and leaves, or washing over the footing of a stone lantern in a garden, and refreshing the moss that grows about it — and by doing so he suggests an attitude of appreciation and mindfulness, especially mindfulness of beauty, as central to life lived well.

The English translation was published in by Leete’s Island Books. Sound is good, but too much of it is deafening. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Light is good, but too much of it is eloguo. Tanizaki appreciates the world and its ordinary pleasures, and offers a sharp contrast to the functional, plastic, disposable aesthetic of modern western culture. And that would be fine.

Some of his works present a rather shocking world of sexuality and destructive erotic obsessions; others, less sensational, subtly portray the dynamics of family life in the context of the rapid changes in 20th-century Japanese society. Gold is garish under the glare of harsh lights, but in a dim room it beautifully reflects the little light that is there.


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This is Tanizaki’s elegy for the aesthetic superiority of vanishing inconvenience and grime. This is something the Rationalist fails to imagine. Don’t expect to see this by visiting Japan now. The Japanese aesthetics of the bygone days — the book was originally published in Trivia About In Praise of Shadows.

Shiny, gleaming surfaces are important and appear clean and fresh. He begins his essay with an example I can totally relate to. A toilet is indeed the most important element of an architectural mores.

El elogio de la sombra by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

The philosophical notion of the universe being created from nothingness and in due course all living organism will disintegrate into the darkness of oblivion, bestows the world of shadows with a spirituality of aesthetic ideals where the humility of imperfection and reticence of impermanence expunge the haughtiness of illuminated perfection.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Tanizakki una parte que habla del color de piel, de xombra cual no estoy nada de acuerdo.