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Gossamer Years: The Story of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan

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Publisher Comments:

Kagero Nikki, translated here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikuibu.

This remarkably frank autobiographical diary and personal confession attempts to describe a difficult relationship as it reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses.

Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful (and unnamed) noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy.

A classic work of early Japanese prose, The Gossamer Years is an important example of the development of Heian literature, which, at its best, represents an extraordinary flowering of realistic expression, an attempt, unique for its age, to treat the human condition with frankness and honesty. A timeless and intimate glimpse into the culture of ancient Japan, this translation by Edward Seidensticker paints a revealing picture of married life in the Heian period.

Synopsis:

This diary of a mid-Heian noblewoman, chronicling her confinement in the lonely grandeur of court life, is one of the earliest attempt in Japanese literature at historical narrative.

Synopsis:

The 'Kagero Nikki, ' the classic of Japanese literature here translated as 'The Gossamer Years, ' belongs to the same era that produced the celebrated 'Tale of Genji' and 'The Pillow Book.'

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780804811231
Translator:
Seidensticker, Edward G.
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Translator:
Seidensticker, Edward G.
Translator:
Seidensticker, Edward
Author:
Seidensticker, Edward
Author:
Seidensticker, Edward G.
Location:
Tokyo ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Near and far eastern fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Near and far east
Subject:
Japan Court and courtiers.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
autobiography; diary; japanese literature; tuttle classics; books for women
Subject:
japanese stories; japanese literature; japanese autobiography; japanese literature in english; japan books; classic japanese literature; classic literature;
Subject:
japanese stories ; japanese literature ; japanese autobiography
Subject:
classic japanese literature ; classic literature
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Tut book ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature
Publication Date:
19891231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in 9 oz

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This diary of a mid-Heian noblewoman, chronicling her confinement in the lonely grandeur of court life, is one of the earliest attempt in Japanese literature at historical narrative.
"Synopsis" by , The 'Kagero Nikki, ' the classic of Japanese literature here translated as 'The Gossamer Years, ' belongs to the same era that produced the celebrated 'Tale of Genji' and 'The Pillow Book.'
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