The Printmaker's Daughter

The Printmaker's Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Recounting the story of her life, Oei plunges us into the colorful world of nineteenth-century Edo, in which courtesans rub shoulders with poets, warriors consort with actors, and the arts flourish in an unprecedented moment of creative upheaval. Oei and Hokusai live among writers, novelists, tattoo artists, and prostitutes, evading the spies of the repressive shogunate as they work on Hokusai's countless paintings and prints. Wielding her brush, rejecting domesticity in favor of dedication to the arts, Oei defies all expectations of womanhood--all but one. A dutiful daughter to the last, she will obey the will of her eccentric father, the man who created her and who, ultimately, will rob her of her place in history.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, [2011]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062000361
0062000365
Characteristics: 497 pages ; 21 cm

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Mar 31, 2014

An interesting and well-researched novel set in Edo in the first half of the 19th century, until feudal Japan was "opened up" by the West, this book tells of the life of the woodcut print artist, Hokusai, and his daughter, Oei, and speculates on the extent to which works attributed to Hokusai were done by his daughter. Hokusai's work influenced many European artists in the second half of the 19th century. The novel provides an interesting portrait of the life of women in Japanese society, and the story certainly engages the reader.

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