Nitta Sayuri tells us in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate of her life as a geisha. Her story 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 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, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable.
"Rarely has a world so closed and foreign been evoked with such natural assurance." (
The New Yorker)"Captivating, minutely imagined...You are seduced completely." (
Washington Post Book World)
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