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

ISBN: 9784805311080, 4805311088
OCLC Number: 645708256
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
Author: Sei Shonagon
Translator: Arthur Waley
Language: en
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 Copyright Year: 1002
English Publication Date: 1928
Notes: Japanese title: Makura no soshi. Other titles: The pillow-book of Sei Shonagon. Foreword by Dennis Washburn.
Abstract: 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.