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Madame Sadayakko By Lesley Downer

Madame Sadayakko by Lesley Downer

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The fascinating story of a geisha who captivated the West

Madame Sadayakko Summary

Madame Sadayakko by Lesley Downer

Madame Sadayakko was the ultimate geisha, so exquisite that the prime minister of the day paid a fortune to deflower her. But she was a rebel who wanted to carve her own path in life. In 1899 she married a subversive avant garde actor and, with a troupe of other actors, they set out on the first ever tour of the West by a Japanese theatre company. Sadayakko took to the stage and became an instant star. She danced for the American President and for the Prince of Wales in London, Picasso painted her, Gide swooned over her and Rodin admired her. But back in Japan, she suffered the stigma of being an ex-geisha and an actor and was forced, in the end, to make a terrible choice - between respectability and love.

Madame Sadayakko Reviews

a["Madame Sadayakko"] is a comprehensive portrait of a woman whose fame was shaped in equal parts by her will and her time.a ("New York Times Book Review") aDowner offers a kind of real-life Memoirs of a Geisha.a ("Publishers Weekly Daily") aDowner . . . does an admirable job of making this exciting woman and her times come to life.a (Pat MacEnulty, "The Sun-Sentinel")

About Lesley Downer

Lesley Downer lived in Japan for more than ten years and speaks fluent Japanese. She has written many books about Japan and its culture, presented television programmes on the subject for both Channel 4 and the BBC and she contributes a weekly column to The Scotsman called 'Postcard from Japan'.

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Madame Sadayakko by Lesley Downer
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