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

Author: Sei Shōnagon; Arthur Waley
Publisher: Tokyo ; Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle Pub., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Sei Shōnagon; Sei Shōnagon; Sei Shōnagon; Sei Shonagon.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sei Shōnagon; Arthur Waley
ISBN: 9784805311080 4805311088
OCLC Number: 645708256
Description: 127 p., [16] p.of plates : col. ill. ; 20 cm.
Other Titles: Makura no sōshi.
Responsibility: translated by Arthur Waley ; with a foreword by Dennis Washburn.
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