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Drama, Historical Fiction
Memoirs of a Geisha is written in the first person, narrated from the perspective of Sayuri, the main character. However, the Translator's Note is narrated by Jakob Haarhuis, a fictional translator and friend of Sayuri who allegedly translates her memoir into English.
Memoirs of a Geisha is written in the past tense.
In preparing to write Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden interviewed a retired Japanese geisha numerous times. Geisha are Japanese women who are trained to entertain male audiences. Although the content of these interviews resulted in a fictional novel, Golden presents Sayuri's story as if it is a memoir she wrote about her life as a successful geisha.
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