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."