The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

The Diary of A Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan

Book - 2011
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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 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 Shōnagon'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"--
Publisher: Tokyo ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle Pub., c2011
Description: 127 p., [16] p.of plates) : col. ill. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9784805311080
Branch Call Number: 895.68 Sei
Additional Contributors: Waley, Arthur.


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