Five women who loved love

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Rutland Vermon, 1956 - Fiction - 264 pages
First published in 1686, this collection of five novellas was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy world that was Genroku Japan, and the book's popularity has increased with age, making it today a literary classic like Boccaccio's Decameron, or the works of Rabelais.

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User Review  - MarysGirl - LibraryThing

A classic of its time - five stories from medieval Japan translated into English. As much fun for it's footnotes explaining cultural references as for the actual stories. Read full review

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an important work in the history of Japanese literature, this novelized accounting of 5 real-life events introduces bourgeoise heroines into a genre normally represented by the more elite members of ... Read full review


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Saikaku Ihara (1641 – 93), novelist and poet, is credited with founding the genre called ukiyo-zoshi (books of the floating world), a type of popular fiction written between the 1680s and the 1770s. Once downgraded as vulgar, today Saikaku is acclaimed a great realist, largely because of his minute and accurate delineation of characters, customs, and events of his day.

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