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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon : Translations from the Oriental Classics - Ivan Morris

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon

Translations from the Oriental Classics

Paperback Published: 30th December 1991
ISBN: 9780231073370
Number Of Pages: 419
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Sei Shonagon was a contemporary and erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel "The Tale of Genji" fictionalizes the court life Shonagon describes. "The Pillow Book" 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. Her style is so eloquent, her observations so skillfully chosen, and her wit so sharp that even the smallest detail she records can attract and hold the attention of any modern reader.

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The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon has not only amply filled the long-felt need for a full English translation, but has also made a contribution to Heian studies... A mine of information... [Morris's] translation maintains a high quality throughout. Journal of Asian Studies The Pillow Book is one of the three most important works of its kind in Japanese literature, and Professor Morris has given it handsome treatment. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland Gives all sorts of insights into the court life of the times, and into the worldly character and mentality of its author. It comes over extraordinarily well in this translation, and can rank with any other collection of court memoirs the world over. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies The liveliest and most endearing of Heian writers, and the one who gives the most intimate and vivid picture of life at court... Its denizens emerge as real and never-to-be-forgotten people... Morris belongs to the literary rather than the literal school of translators, and his talents are shown here at their best. Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies "[Morris's] scholarship is a living thing... he sees through all the painted paper screens... Outstanding. New York Times A beautiful translation. Japan Quarterly A mine of information. Journal of Asian Studies Shonagon comes through vividly... [Morris] has given us for the first time in full a delightful and fascinating book which is also a work of notable scholarship. The Observer

The calender The government Places Home provinces and neighbouring provinces The surroundings of the capital The capital Clothes, houses, etc. Clothes Houses Vehicles Letters, games, musical instruments Chronology

ISBN: 9780231073370
ISBN-10: 0231073372
Series: Translations from the Oriental Classics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 419
Published: 30th December 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45

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