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The pillow book of Sei Shonagon : the diary of a courtesan in tenth century Japan

Translated by Arthur Waley

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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.

japanese title: Makura no soshi
notes: Japanese title: Makura no soshi. Other titles: The pillow-book of Sei Shonagon. Foreword by Dennis Washburn.
subjects: Court and courtiers
Japan, History, Heian period
Social life and customs
genre: Biography/Memoir
ISBN: 9784805311080
OCLC number: 645708256
publisher: G. Allen & Unwin, 1928, 1929, 1979; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1929; Grove Press, 1960; Kessinger Publishing, 2005; Tuttle, 2011
publication place: London, Boston; Boston, New York; New York; Whitefish, MT; Rutland, VT, New York
japanese publication date: 1002
english publication date: 1928
document type: Book
description: 127 p., [16] p.of plates : col. ill. ; 20 cm.