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Gossamer Years : Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan - Edward G. Seidensticker

Gossamer Years

Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan

Paperback Published: 22nd December 1997
ISBN: 9780804811231
Number Of Pages: 220

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Written in the tenth century, The Kagero Nikki, translated as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as The Tale of Genji and The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. Like The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, The Gossamer Years is a journal kept by a noblewoman.

This frank autobiographical diary reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary wife, she protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy.

Very little is known of the author outside of what is related in her diary. Her name is unknown -- but she was related to the Lady Murasaki, author of The Tale of Genji, and to Sei Shonagon, author of The Pillow Book.

"Just like The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, this is a diary from Heian Era of Japan, although unlike Sei Shonagon and Murasaki, this diary takes place prior to when they got to shine, and I can't help but get the feeling that it influenced Murasaki Shikibu a lot. ...the supplemental information added by the translator is very helpful. PS, love the cover." --Svetlana's Reads and Views

Introductionp. 7
p. 33
p. 71
p. 121
Appendix: The Heian Setting: Illustrations and Mapp. 203
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780804811231
ISBN-10: 0804811237
Series: Tuttle Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 22nd December 1997
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.7  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Type: New edition