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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan - Sei Shōnagon, Dennis Washburn, Arthur Waley
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan
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Japan in the 10th century stood physically and culturally isolated from the rest of the world. Inside this bubble, a subtle and beautiful world was in operation, and its inhabitants were tied to the moment, having no interest in the future and disdain for the past. In a small diary, a young... show more
Japan in the 10th century stood physically and culturally isolated from the rest of the world. Inside this bubble, a subtle and beautiful world was in operation, and its inhabitants were tied to the moment, having no interest in the future and disdain for the past. In a small diary, a young courtesan of the Heian period gives her account of the Japanese courts of the day, providing perspective on a unique time in Japanese history. A contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, Sei Sho-nagon's commentary brings an added dimension to that timeless and seminal work.In a place and time where poetry was as important as knowledge and beauty was highly revered, Sei Shonagon's private writings give the reader a charming and intimate glimpse into a time of isolated innocence and pale beauty.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9784805311080 (4805311088)
ASIN: 4805311088
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
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Edward
Edward rated it
4.0 The Pillow Book
AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroductionFurther ReadingNote on the Translation--The Pillow BookAppendix 1 PlacesAppendix 2 People and Where They AppearAppendix 3 TimeAppendix 4 Glossary of General TermsAppendix 5 Court Ranks, Titles and BureaucracyAppendix 6 Clothes and Colour GlossaryNotes
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 The Pillow Book
bookshelves: mystery-thriller, autumn-2010, japan, medieval5c-16c, published-1002, epistolatory-diary-blog Recommended for: radio 4 listeners Read from November 14 to 19, 2010 BBC blurb - Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return to investigate a murder in the Palace of the Sun Goddess. A fav...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vw738/Womans_Hour_Drama_The_Pillow_Book_series_3_Episode_1/BBC blurb - Lady Shonagon and Lieutenant Yukinari return to investigate a murder in the Palace of the Sun Goddess. A favourite of the Emperor is found drowned in a pool in the Palace Gardens. But befor...
carey
carey rated it
Loved the character of Shonagon and the descriptions of the elaborate court rituals, suppressed emotions, hidden passions; quite apart from learning about such an extraordinarily regimented and closed society. Wonderful
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
4.0
A gorgeous piece of literature -- the diary of a court lady -- from Heian Japan. I feel it's even better than the Tale of Genji. Wicked, bitter, and very funny in spots.
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