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36 Views
by Naomi Iizuka
Binding: Paperback, 1 edition, 105 pages
Publisher: Overlook TP
Weight: 0.26 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.25 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1585673838
ISBN 13: 9781585673834
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Book Description:
In this acclaimed play, Naomi Iizuka has created a carefully textured exploration of the meaning of truth not just in the art world but in the human heart as well. Taking its title from the series of woodblock prints by nineteenth century Japanese artist Hokusai (which, contrary to their label, consists of 46 images of Mount Fuji), 36 Views unfolds in a series of 36 scenes and moments. The story has several threads, but at its heart is fairly simple. An art dealer and an art historian discover what they think is an ancient manuscript a priceless Japanese pillow book and try to learn whether it's authentic. Their search becomes an erotic game of greed, love, and mental hide and seek as the play explores the relationships between feelings and words, objects and photographs of objects, antiques and perfect copies, and a woman's heritage and her physical features. When first performed at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California the play was hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as thoughtful, humane, poetically phrased and staged with intricate, shimmering beauty it spun a multi textured web that became completely engrossing . As Iizuka weaves her magical blend of old fashioned orientalism and modern realism, art speak and academic jargon, pillow book poetry and punk rhetoric, she probes the nature of truth and authenticity. Each facet of her 36 Views offers another perspective on the art and artifice of our lives.


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