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Autobiography of a Geisha

written by Sayo Masuda

Columbia University Press | ISBN 9780231129510

Paperback – 216 pages


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Sayo Masuda was a geisha at a hot springs resort, where the realities of sex for sale are unadorned by the trappings of wealth and power. Remarkable for its wit and frankness, the book is a moving record of a woman's survival on the margins of Japanese society -- in the words of the translator, "the superbly told tale of a woman whom fortune never favored yet never defeated."

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