First published in 1937, is a book both modern and nostalgic. It shows a changing city, it's slums, backstreets, temples and shrines, a city filled with erudite establishments and brothels. It shows a man trying to justify his life, and a glimpse into the creative process and a gentle eulogy on things passing.
About the Author
Kafu Nagai (1879-1959) was the pen name of Sokichi Nagai. He wrote mostly of the Geishas and brothel workers in early-twentith centry Tokyo. Born into an aristocratic family, He spent much of his life in conflict with the stuffy institutions of his time, travelling both Europe and America. Popular in his lifetime, his works include American stories, Rivalry, and Something Strange East of the River.