Gathering for the 1st time all of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s writings on eastern civilization, The different Face of the Moon varieties a sustained meditation into the French anthropologist’s dictum that to appreciate one’s personal tradition, one needs to regard it from the perspective of another.
publicity to eastern paintings used to be influential in Lévi-Strauss’s early highbrow development, and among 1977 and 1988 he visited the rustic 5 occasions. The essays, lectures, and interviews of this quantity, written among 1979 and 2001, are the made from those trips. They examine an magnificent diversity of subjects—among them Japan’s founding myths, Noh and Kabuki theater, the uniqueness of the japanese musical scale, the artisanship of Jomon pottery, and the connection among jap picture arts and food. For Lévi-Strauss, Japan occupied a distinct position between global cultures. Molded within the old previous by means of chinese language impacts, it had extra lately integrated a lot from Europe and the USA. however the substance of those borrowings used to be so conscientiously assimilated that jap tradition by no means misplaced its specificity. as if seen from the hidden facet of the moon, Asia, Europe, and the US all locate, in Japan, photographs of themselves profoundly transformed.
As in Lévi-Strauss’s vintage ethnography Tristes Tropiques, this new English translation offers the voice of 1 of France’s such a lot public intellectuals at its such a lot personal.