Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater

Paperback | March 15, 2011

byWilliam T. Vollmann

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“Intrepid journalist and novelist William T. Vollman’s colossal body of work stands unsurpassed for its range, moral imperative, and artistry.”
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William T. Vollmann, the National Book Award–winning author of Europe Central, offers a charming, evocative, and piercing examination of the ancient Japanese tradition of Noh theatre and the keys it holds to our modern understanding of beauty.  Kissing the Mask is the first major book on Noh by an American writer since the 1916 publication the classic study Pisan Cantos and the Noh by Ezra Pound. But Kissing the Mask is pure Vollman—illustrated with photos by the author with provocative related side-discussions on femininity, transgender, kabuki, pornography, geishas, and more.<_o3a_p>

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“Intrepid journalist and novelist William T. Vollman’s colossal body of work stands unsurpassed for its range, moral imperative, and artistry.”—Booklist William T. Vollmann, the National Book Award–winning author of Europe Central, offers a charming, evocative, and piercing examination of the ancient Japanese tradition of Noh theatre a...

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From the National Book Award-winning author of Europe Central, a charming, evocative and piercing examination of an ancient Japanese tradition and the keys it holds to our modern understanding of beauty What is a woman? To what extent is femininity a performance? Writing with the extra-ordinary awareness and endless curiosity that have...

William T. Vollmann is the author of seven novels, three collections of stories, and a seven-volume critique of violence,Rising Up and Rising Down. He is also the author ofPoor People, a worldwide examination of poverty through the eyes of the impoverished themselves;Riding Toward Everywhere, an examination of the train-hopping hobo li...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.32 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061228494

ISBN - 13:9780061228490

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“Reward[s] the reader who stays with it for the long trip, the way a travel chronicle does.... Vollmann is not just a writer who admires. He is a writer who looks and touches.”