The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Arthur Waley

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

Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: July 2011
ISBN: 9781462900886
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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 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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