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The gossamer years : the diary of a noblewoman of Heian Japan

Translated by Edward Seidensticker

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Kagero Nikki, translated here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as the celebrated Tale of Genji. This frank autobiography diary reveals two tempestuous decades of the author’s unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. To impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, this beautiful 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.

japanese title: Kagero nikki
notes: Japanese title: Kagero nikki. Contents: Introduction, The Gossamer Years: Book One; Book Two; Book Three, Notes, Appendix: The Heian Setting: Illustrations. Translated f
subjects: Court and courtiers
genre: Biography/Memoir
ISBN: 9781462903573
OCLC number: 59257656
publisher: Tuttle, 1964, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1992, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2011
publication place: Rutland, VT, Boston
english publication date: 1964
document type: Book
description: 201 p. illus., map. 23 cm.
related: UNESCO collection of representative works: Japanese series