In Praise of Shadows (陰翳礼讃) is an essay written by Junichiro Tanizaki, it is one of the most notable works of this author. In this book, Tanizaki posits that the beauty has always been connected with the light, and on the other hand, the darkness has always been connected with shadows. Throughout the book Tanizaki explains how darkness is connected with Japanese culture.
Junichiro Tanizaki is one of the most important authors of Japanese modern literature among with Natsume Soseki. His works portray changes in Japanese society throughout the first years of XX century. In Japan, there is a literary award with Tanizaki's name, which is considered one of the most important awards in Japanese literature.
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