The Pillow Book

Paperback | October 30, 2007

bySei ShonagonTranslated byMeredith MckinneyIntroduction byMeredith Mckinney

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The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan

Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined world in which poetry, love, fashion, and whim dominated, while harsh reality was kept firmly at a distance. Moving elegantly across a wide range of themes including nature, society, and her own flirtations, Sei Shonagon provides a witty and intimate window on a woman's life at court in classical Japan.

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The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined world in which poetry, love, fashion...

Sei Shonagon was born approximately a thousand years ago (965 is a likely date) and served as lady-in-waiting at the Court of the Japanese Empress during the last decade of the tenth century. Her father was a provincial official, but is best known as a poet and a scholar. It is possible, though unlikely, that Shonagon was briefly marri...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:October 30, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140448063

ISBN - 13:9780140448061

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Japanese culture buffs. Sei Shonagon's pillow book is full of intreguing thoughts and interesting tidbits of Japanese culture and philosophy. An enlightening read for people interested in Japan.
Date published: 2006-07-24