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East Wind Melts the Ice von Liza Dalby

East Wind Melts the Ice Liza Dalby

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Zusammenfassung

A collection of essays which takes the 72 seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac as seeds, and grows them into a year's journal, entwining personal experience and ruminations on the cultural aesthetics of China, Japan, and California. This work explores how the Asian calendar has grounded the author's awareness of time and place.

East Wind Melts the Ice Zusammenfassung

East Wind Melts the Ice Liza Dalby

In this collection of essays, Liza Dalby takes the 72 seasonal units of an ancient Chinese almanac as seeds, and grows them into a year's journal, entwining personal experience, natural phenomena, and ruminations on the cultural aesthetics of China, Japan, and California. Written from Dalby's perspective as an anthropologist and gardener, the essays explore how the Asian calendar has grounded her awareness of time and place. Drawing connections between philology and nature, memory and experience, they draw on her experiences over the years she spent in Japan where she first went to live at age 16. She also conducted fieldwork on a tiny island in the Inland sea, worked as the only non-Japanese geisha, and painted her teeth black to recreate the courtly fashions of the eleventh century. The essays also delve into memories of keeping a pet butterfly, roasting rice cakes with her children, watching whales, and pampering worms to make compost. In the manner of the Japanese personal poetic essay form, together they comprise 72 windows into a life lived between cultures, resulting in a dazzling and down-to-earth mosaic-like memoir.

Über Liza Dalby

Liza Dalby is an anthropologist specialising in Japanese culture and the only Westerner to have become a geisha. She is the author of Tale of Murasaki and was a consultant on Rob Marshall's film of Memoirs of a Geisha. She lives in California with her husband and three children.

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GOR001630351
9780701181048
0701181044
East Wind Melts the Ice Liza Dalby
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Vintage Publishing
20070405
352
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