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A Woman Of Pleasure

Release date: 7 March 2024
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The year is 1903, and tenacious and spirited Aoi Ichi is sold to the most exclusive brothel in Ku... Read More

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The year is 1903, and tenacious and spirited Aoi Ichi is sold to the most exclusive brothel in Kumamoto, Japan, becoming the protégée of Shinonome, the oiran, or the highest-ranking courtesan.

Through Shinonome's teachings, fifteen-year-old Ichi begins to understand the intertwined power of sex and money. Education for a courtesan extends beyond the art of seduction, and as Ichi is taught to read and write she develops a voice that refuses to be dampened by the brothel's rigid hierarchy.

Outside the cloistered world of the red-light district, rumours of local worker strikes grow, and as the seasons change in Kumamoto, Ichi, Shinonome and their fellow courtesans begin to wonder how they might redistribute the power and wealth of the brothels among themselves.

Critically acclaimed veteran writer Kiyoko Murata creates in stunning detail the harsh yet vibrant lives of women in a red-light district at the turn of the twentieth century. Based on real-life events, 
A Woman of Pleasure is a testament to the bonds between women and the power of owning one's language and freedom.


Product Details

Title: A Woman Of Pleasure
Author: Kiyoko Murata
Publisher: Footnote Press Ltd - Harper Collins
SKU: BK0496474
EAN: 9781804440889
Number Of Pages: 320
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 7 March 2024

About Author

KIYOKO MURATA has been awarded over ten major literary awards in Japan, including the Akutagawa Prize. A Woman of Pleasure is her first book to be published in English. She lives in Fukuoka, Japan. JULIET WINTERS CARPENTER is a distinguished translator of Japanese literature whose work has received numerous awards. She lives with her husband on Whidbey Island in Washington State.

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