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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The work has been praised for its insight and relevance into issues of modernity and culture, [6] and Tanizaki has been called an “ecological prophet”. Tanizaki dilemma of surviving the bane of modernization while hanging onto the boons of the old Japanese edifying era is articulated through his annoyance of the necessitated usage of heavy electric lightings.

Some of his points are well-taken and consistence with esthetic judgments in the West, such as the value and importance of shadow and ambiguity in art, Western photographers for example knowing well that photos are more successful if taken at dawn and dusk, when shadows and softened light enhance the effect compared with the harshness and glare of midday.

Tanizaki applies this theoretical perception while arguing the essence of shadow through exemplary significance of electric heaters, architecture, theater, food, ceramics and lacquerware, literature, radio, music systems, the intricacies of Japanese way of life in accordance to its populace and even to the extent of comparing a fountain dr to the elegance of a Japanese calligraphy brush swaying gracefully on a boisterous, coarse paper.

The subtle chase between you and the devious shadow; toughening with every stomp on slogio dried grey asphalt while queries of whether you have lost your marbles looming in the humid air.


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Food these days, inedible. And I like the night.

No words can describe that sensation as one sits in the dim light, basking in the faint glow reflected from the shoji, lost in meditation or gazing out at the garden.

View all 44 comments. It’s all electric lights and gramophones. You could be the reserved, darkened room. For the beauty of the alcove is not the work of some clever device. Return to Book Page.

This may have something to do with the artistic field’s discomfort with the true renderings of their beloved ancient marble statues of Greek and Rome origin, or English’s insistence on calling white people white when I, motherfucking pale that I am, at most can lay claim to a sort of pasty beige with spots of brown and red and hairs all over. Among the historic and contemporary individuals mentioned in the essay are: The aesthetic can b A backward, reactionary, nationalistic prose piece disguised as an essay on aesthetics, which engages in strange speculation and musing that is not at all sombrs supported.

That was the ultimate defining line that demarcated me and my grandfather standing apart in two different worlds. Much shorter than the author’s novels, this book is a small meditative work of 73 pages, of which 59 are the essay itself.

Junichiro Tanizaki, El elogio de la sombra

So you decide to sit back and take utter delight in the immaculate performancethe beauty of the Noh enhanced amid the shadows of the mask, its mystery deepening atnizaki the crimson flush swept across the underneath skin. Bonus star for br Sort of a Japanese Grandpa Simpson. View all 21 comments.

In addition to contrasting light and dark, Tanizaki further considers the layered tones of various kinds of shadows and their power to reflect low sheen materials like gold embroidery, patina and cloudy crystals. It’s all so sensible and natural and yet it is so far removed from our Western preoccupation tanizxki clarity and light!


Pero esto no es todo: Once again, through the enticing bite-sized sushi embraced in the green blanket of the persimmon ttanizaki, Tanizaki elaborates the quintessence of minimalism and simplicity rooted in Japanese traditions seeping through its culinary arts.

El elogio de la sombra

He likes rural things, shadowy things, dirty things. This is Tanizaki’s elegy for the aesthetic superiority of vanishing inconvenience and grime.

English, in the early 19th century, controversial till much later on. Tanizaki prefers obscure and hidden things to those directly revealed. View all 5 comments. In the west people tend to emphasize light in their environment View all 8 comments.

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Activity is good, but too much of it is exhausting. A tranquil, enchanting, and light read, Tanizaki really opens your eyes, where you just want to take a moment, sit back, relax, and think long and hard about what he is getting across.

But, still this aspect goes through scrutiny of a civilized lens of judgments. If Tanizaki had written this book from a Westerner’s perspective, the essay would be regarded as retrograde and pessimistically nostalgic. Gold is garish under the glare of harsh lights, but in a dim room it beautifully reflects the little light that is there. It’s all so sensible and natural and yet it is so far removed from our Western preoccupation with clarity and light!

I also enjoyed the resonances with Peter Tanizaik Atmospheres which I read on the same day.