Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (Translations from the Asian Classics Series)

Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (Translations from the Asian Classics Series)

by Sei Shonagon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231073364

ISBN-13: 9780231073363

Pub. Date: 12/28/1991

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Sei Shonagon was a contemporary and erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel The Tale of Genji fictionalizes the court life Shonagon describes. The Pillow Book is a collection of anecdotes, memories of court and religious ceremonies, character sketches, lists of things the author enjoyed or loathed, places that interested her, diary entries,

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Sei Shonagon was a contemporary and erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel The Tale of Genji fictionalizes the court life Shonagon describes. The Pillow Book is a collection of anecdotes, memories of court and religious ceremonies, character sketches, lists of things the author enjoyed or loathed, places that interested her, diary entries, descriptions of nature, pilgrimages, conversations, poetry exchanges—indeed, almost everything that made up daily life for the upper classes in japan during the Heian period. Her style is so eloquent, her observations so skillfully chosen, and her wit so sharp that even the smallest detail she records can attract and hold the attention of any modern reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231073363
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1991
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Pages:
419

Table of Contents

The calender The government places Home provinces and neighbouring provinces The surroundings of the capital The capital Clothes, houses, etc.
Clothes Houses Vehicles Letters, games, musical instruments Chronology

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