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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 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 andlt;Iandgt;The Tale of Genjiandlt;/Iandgt;, Sei Sho-nagon's commentary brings an added dimension to that timeless and seminal work.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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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"The beauty of his [Waley's] prose captures the artistic spirit of a brilliant and fascinating woman."-from the foreword by Dennis Washburn

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Arthur Waleyandlt;/bandgt; (1889-1966) taught himself Chinese and Japanese after being appointed Assistant Keeper of Oriental Prints and Manuscripts at the British Museum. He was one of the most respected translators of Asian classics into English of his time, with his translated works including andlt;iandgt;The Tale of Genjiandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Monkey (The Journey to the West) andlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Noh Plays of Japanandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Analects of Confuciusandlt;/iandgt;.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784805311080
Subtitle:
The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan
Author:
Sei Shonagon
Translator:
Waley, Arthur
Foreword by:
Washburn, Dennis
Author:
Washburn, Dennis
Author:
Shonagon, SEI
Author:
Waley, Arthur
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Subject:
Japan History Heian period, 794-1185.
Subject:
Sei Shonagon
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
autobiography; women; diary; erotica; history of japan
Subject:
japanese literature; japanese prostitution; prostitution in japan; japanese book; books about japan; yoshiwara; japanese stories; geisha book; books about geisha
Edition Description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Series:
No Series
Publication Date:
20110310
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pp color insert
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.50 x 5.00 in

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"The beauty of his [Waley's] prose captures the artistic spirit of a brilliant and fascinating woman."-from the foreword by Dennis Washburn

"Synopsis" by , 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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