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Autobiography of a Geisha

Autobiography of a Geisha - 57 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231129510

Cover of Autobiography of a Geisha 57 (ISBN 978-0231129510)
ISBN13: 978-0231129510
ISBN10: 0231129513
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 57
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published: 1957
International: No

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Autobiography of a Geisha - 57 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231129510

Sayo Masuda

ISBN13: 978-0231129510
ISBN10: 0231129513
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 57
Publisher: Columbia University Press

Published: 1957
International: No
Summary

The glamorous world of big-city geisha is familiar to many readers, but little has been written of the lives of hardship and pain led by the hot-springs-resort geisha. Indentured to geisha houses by families in desperate poverty, deprived of their freedom for a decade or more, these young women lived in a world of sex for sale, unadorned by the trappings of wealth and celebrity. Upon completion of their indenture, geisha were often left with no means of making a living. In Autobiography of a Geisha, the first full-length account of a former hot-springs-resort geisha, Sayo Masuda chronicles the harsh life in the geisha house in which she and her "sisters" worked.

Masuda also tells of her life after leaving the geisha house, painting a vivid panorama of the grinding poverty in wartime Japan. After the war, as she eked out an existence on the margins of Japanese society, earning money in odd jobs and hard labor-even falling in with Korean gangsters-Masuda experienced firsthand the anguish and the fortitude of prostitutes, gangster mistresses, black-market traders, and abandoned mothers struggling to survive in occupied Japan.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. ALittleDog,AbandonedandTerrified

LittleCranethenursemaid
Theeyesoftheoxenglowinthedark
I,too,hadamother

Chapter 2. TheSunburnedNovice

Thedreampalace
Geishaschool
Iwanttobeageisha,rightnow
Myfour"ElderSisters"
ThedeathofElderSisterTakemi
Thehotiron
Thescar
Ilearnmyname
Cruelrules
Idevotemyselftoart

Chapter 3. MissLowGetsWise

Shallowriver
Asecretplace
Thenewnovice
Thesleep-with-anyonegeisha
Howtobecuteandsexy

Chapter 4. BirdinaCage

Myfirstcustomer
Thegeishatemperament
Miscarriage
Thoushaltnotlove
Inthepartybusiness
Tiptaker
Tsukiko'ssuicide
Revenge

Chapter 5. AwakeningtoLove

NumberTwoandNumberThree
Tricksofthelovetrade
Thewitcherbewitched
Truelove
Attemptedsuicide

Chapter 6. WanderingsofaCastaway

Noplacetocallhome
Abrother'slove
Tearsofhumiliation
War'send
Thedumpling-soupdiner

Chapter 7. ADreamforMyLittleBrother

Beautifuleyes
Peddler
Streetstall
Gangmoll
LittleFoundling
Sevenfunerarylaths

Chapter 8. TheDepthsofDespair

Mylittlebrother'ssuicide
ReturntoSuwa
Reunion
Happydays
Farewellbanquet
Love'sanguish
Happinessandunhappiness
Wanderingbetweenlifeanddeath

Chapter 9. TheRoadBacktoLife

Innocentsmile
Vaindreams
TheProstitutionPreventionAct
Cats'paws
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography

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