The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan pdf epub fb2

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Title: The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan
ISBN: 4805311088
ISBN13: 978-4805311080
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Pages: 144 pages
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (March 10, 2011)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1606 kb
Size FB2 version: 1861 kb
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical

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.The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon was a product of a tenth-century courtier's experiences in the palace of Empress Teishi. A common custom of the time period, courtiers used to keep notes or a diary in a wooden pillow with a drawer. This "pillow book" reflects the confident aesthetic judgments of Shonagon and her ability to create prose that crossed into the realm of the poetic. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is one of the earliest examples of diary literature whose passages chronicle the events of the court calendar, the ceremonies and celebrations specific to Teishi's court, and the vignettes that provide brilliantly drawn glimpses into the manners and foibles of the aristocracy.A contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, this small diary brings an added dimension to Murasaki's timeless and seminal work.Arthur Waley's elegant translation of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon captures the beauty of its prose and the vitality of Shonagon's narrative voice, as well as her quirky personality traits. 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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