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Madame Sadayakko: The Geisha Who Seduced the West
Lesley Downer (au)
It is hard to imagine the storm of excitement Sadayakko created when she toured the U.S. & Europe in 1899. Here for the first time was a real geisha -- not just that, but the most celebrated Geisha in Japan. Now, at the age of 27, she was launching herself into a new career as Japanís first actress. Sadayakko (1871-1946) was Japanís first international superstar. Audiences thrilled to her mesmeric acting & exquisite dancing. Puccini modeled Madame Butterfly on her. But in Japan, she suffered the stigma of being an ex-geisha & an actor, both professions at the bottom of society. This is the true story of her life & loves & her struggle to carve out a life for herself in a world in which women were supposed to be subservient to men. Illustrations.
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