Born at the height of the Heian period, the pseudonymous Lady Sarashina reveals much about the Japanese literary tradition in this haunting self-portrait. Born in 1008, Lady Sarashina was a lady-in-waiting of Heian-period Japan. Her work stands out for its descriptions of her travels and pilgrimages and is unique in the literature of the period, as well as one of the first in the genre of travel writing.
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Ivan Morris's wonderful translation of an autobiography- cum-travelogue with poems, and gives a vivid impression of the lady's shy, sensitive personality. Even allowing for the customary seclusion of Heian ladies, life seems to have passed her by somewhat. But then, she would rather describe the scenery than her marriage. In youth she seeks solace in novel-reading; in middle age she goes on pilgrimages. Frequently she recounts and interprets her dreams, then comments blithely that she ignored their warning or advice. You'll like her, if you're not expecting Camille Paglia. (Kirkus UK)
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 30th January 1975
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1