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Cover of: Memoirs of a geisha by Golden, Arthur, Golden, Arthur
About the Book

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction--at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful--and completely unforgettable.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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19 editions First published in 1997

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1997, Alfred A. Knopf
Memoirs of a geisha
in English - 1st ed.
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1997, Chatto & Windus
Memoirs of a geisha.
in English
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1998, G.K. Hall
Memoirs of a geisha
in English
Cover of: Zikhronoteha shel geishah
1998, Ye1iʻot aḥaronot, Sifre Ḥemed
Zikhronoteha shel geishah
in Hebrew
Cover of: Wyznania gejszy
1999, Albatros
Wyznania gejszy
in Polish
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1999, Vintage Books
Memoirs of a geisha
in English - Vintage contemporaries ed.
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1999, Vintage Canada
Memoirs of a geisha
in English - 1st Vintage Canada ed.
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1999, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Memoirs of a Geisha
eBook in English
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1999, Bungei Shunjū
Sayuri =
in Japanese
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2000, Chatto & Windus
Memoirs of a geisha
in English
Cover of: Yi ge yi ji no hui yi =
2001, Xi dai shu ban gu fen you xian gong si
Yi ge yi ji no hui yi =
in Chinese - 880-02 Di 1 ban.
Cover of: Khaterate yek gisha
2001, Kitabkhana Mili Iran
Khaterate yek gisha
in Persian
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2001, Albatros
Wyznania gejszy.
in Polish
Cover of: Memorias de una geisha
2003, Punto de lectura
Memorias de una geisha
in Spanish
Cover of: Memuary geĭshi
2004, Stolit︠s︡a-Print
Memuary geĭshi
in Russian
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2005, Random House Large Print
Memoirs of a geisha
in English - 1st large print ed.
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2005, Vintage Español
Memorias de una geisha
in Spanish
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2006, Shanghai yi wen chu ban she
Yi ji hui yi lu =
in Chinese - 880-02 Di 1 ban.
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2006, Gao bao guo ji ji tuan
Yi ji hui yi lu
in Chinese - 880-02 Di 1 ban.

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