A historical and debut novel by Arthur Golden about Nitta Sayuri, who tells the story of her life as a geisha.
This fictional story of Sayuri working as a geisha in Kyoto, Japan is set before and after World War II. Sayuri is one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha, who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. The story follows Sayuri from her childhood in a fishing village, where at the age of nine she was sold to a representative of a geisha house in 1929. In the following years she works to pay back the price of her purchase, while being schooled in music and dance, learning to apply the geisha’s makeup, wearing elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure, along with acquiring a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival.
Memoirs of a Geisha is a unique, elaborate and triumphant work giving the readers an insight into the worlds of geishas by being a romantic, erotic, suspenseful and completely unforgettable work of fiction.