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An Artist of the Floating World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date September 1, 1989
Pages 206
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679722663
ISBN-10 0679722661
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day
 
In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty. Instead, he put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.

Now, as the mature Ono struggles through the aftermath of that war, his memories of his youth and of the "floating world"—the nocturnal world of pleasure, entertainment, and drink—offer him both escape and redemption, even as they punish him for betraying his early promise. Indicted by society for its defeat and reviled for his past aesthetics, he relives the passage through his personal history that makes him both a hero and a coward but, above all, a human being.

Editions
Hardcover
from Peter Smith Pub Inc (June 1, 2001)
9780844671239 | details & prices | 5.20 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $31.50
Large print edition from Chivers (June 1, 2001)
9780754046196 | details & prices | 280 pages | List price $55.01
from Putnam Pub Group (April 1, 1986)
9780399131196 | details & prices | List price $2.98
Paperback
Book cover for 9780571283873 Book cover for 9780679722663 Book cover for 9780754046202 Book cover for 9780786235650
 
from Gardners Books (February 7, 2013)
9780571283873 | details & prices | 208 pages | List price $14.65
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Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (November 1, 2001)
9780786235650 | details & prices | 280 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 0.55 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $25.95
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Large print edition from Chivers (June 1, 2001)
9780754046202 | details & prices | 280 pages | List price $22.01
About: In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty.
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (September 1, 1989)
9780679722663 | details & prices | 206 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $15.00
About: From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day   In the face of the misery in his homeland, the artist Masuji Ono was unwilling to devote his art solely to the celebration of physical beauty.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780736647731
 
from Books on Tape (November 1, 1999)
9780736647731 | details & prices | List price $56.00
About: In the face of the misery he saw in his homeland, the bohemian artist Masuji Ono envisioned a strong and powerful Japan of the future and put his work in the service of the imperialist movement that led Japan into World War II.
Reinforced
Book cover for 9780606314077
 
from Demco Media (September 30, 1989); titled "Artist Of The Floating World"
9780606314077 | details & prices | List price $21.25
About: Drifting without honor in Japan's post-World War II society, which indicts him for its defeat and reviles him for his esthetics, aging painter Masuji Ono recalls the events of his life.
Prebinding
from Turtleback Books (September 1, 1989); titled "Artist of the Floating World"
9781417639830 | details & prices | List price $24.50

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