The Pillow-book of Sei Shōnagon

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Kessinger Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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996 A.D., with later revisions. The translation of the diaries of a court lady in tenth-century Japan, it is a collection of anecdotes, memories of court and religious ceremonies, character sketches, lists of things the author enjoyed or loathed, places that interested her, diary entries, descriptions of nature, pilgrimages, conversations, poetry exchanges--indeed, almost everything that made up daily life for the upper classes in Japan during the Heian period.

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Incredible, witty, beautiful prose. - Goodreads
Outstanding, brilliant writing for all times! - Goodreads
Sei Shonagon is very talented in her writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Nancy Agafitei - Goodreads

Not a page-turner, but an interesting look back at life 1,000 years ago. Many of the issues, concerns, and people mentioned in the diary resonate with contemporary life. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeanette - Goodreads

You are in the Japanese court with Sei Shonagon approximately 1000 years ago. Lyrical, sometimes deep, sometimes whimsical, always witty repartee. It evokes the poetic far more than I can appreciate ... Read full review

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Arthur Waley (1889-1966) is highly regarded for his many translations of Chinese & Japanese literature.

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