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Published by Allen & Unwin in London .
Written in English


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Statementtranslated by Arthur Waley.
ContributionsWaley, Arthur.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13754319M


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The Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) is a personalised account of life at the Japanese court by Sei Shonagon which she completed c. CE during the Heian book is full of humorous observations (okashi) written in the style of a diary, an approach known as zuihitsu-style (‘rambling') of which The Pillow Book was the first and greatest example.

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"The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon" is a fascinating, detailed account of Japanese court life in the eleventh century. Written by a lady of the court at the height of Heian culture, this book enthralls with its lively gossip, witty observations, and subtle by: 9.

The Pillow Book (Makuranosoushi) (Manga de dokuha) (Japanese) Paperback Bunko – February 1, by Sei shoÌ„nagon.; Baraeti aÌ„to waÌ„kusu. (Author) out of 5 stars 10 ratings. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Price New from /5(10). Sei Shōnagon, diarist, poet, and courtier whose witty, learned Pillow Book (Makura no sōshi) exhibits a brilliant and original Japanese prose style and is a masterpiece of classical Japanese literature.

It is also the best source of information on Japanese court. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is a fascinating look at Japanese court culture during the 11th century Heian period ( to ).

While others may be more familiar with Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji as an example of classic Japanese literature of the time, I chose The Pillow Book instead – I always lean towards bucking the trend and I was intrigued /5(64). Introduction Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) is the private journal of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress of Japan written during the ’s.

Sei served her empress during the late Heian Period (a particularly vibrant time for Japanese arts and the beginning of Japan’s feudal age) and was a contemporary ofFile Size: KB. (Sei Shonagon was born in Japan around the year CE and served as a lady in waiting to Empress Sadako.

In her Pillow Book, she gives an account of the things she saw and her now and then she provides a list of things, which are like tiny exhibitions organised by an unpredictable curator).

A perfect companion to that work, The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon brings an added dimension to Murasaki's timeless and seminal novel and further illuminates Japanese court life in all its ritualistic glory.

Through his elegant and readable abridged translation, Arthur Waley perfectly conveys Sei Shonagon's girlish temperament and quirky /5(22). The Pillow Book, on the other hand, is a plain record of fact, and being at least ten times as long as Murasaki's Diary, and far more varied in contents, it is the most important document of the period that we possess.

Sei Shonagon, the author of The Pillow Book, was born in orthe daughter of Kiyohara no Motosuke. The Kiyohara clan /5(14). Sei Shonagon. For March I will complete the set of what is for me that trinity of great Heian women writers (who lived in the same world, in a sense dominated by the mystique of the tanka, but were so different from one another) by adding to the legendary poet Ono no Komachi, and the incomparable novelist Murasaki Shikibu, the essayist (or diarist) Sei Shonagon, author of The.

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Inside this bubble, a subtle and beautiful world was in operation, and its inhabitants were tied to the moment, having no interest in the future and disdain for the past.

The Pillow Book of Sei Sh¯onagon, Translated [from the Japanese] and Edited by Ivan Morris - Sections Summary & Analysis Sei Shōnagon This Study Guide consists of approximately 32 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Pillow Book of Sei Sh¯onagon.

The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon. By Sei Shonagon, Arthur Waley. Read preview. Excerpt. When the first volume of The Tale of Genji appeared in English, the prevailing comment of critics was that the book revealed a subtle and highly developed civilization, the very existence of which had hitherto remained unsuspected.

It was guessed that so. Unfortunately, The Pillow Book is the only remaining text by Sei Shonagon, and her life after she left court in A.D.

is unknown. I call it a diary but The Pillow Book is so much more. It’s a beginner’s education in Japanese Court life. It’s a outline of future novels. It’s an outlet for frustration. It’s a personal history.

The pillow book presents both a slice of life and a way of life. Provides an observant sense of time and place with humor and specificity. The narrator's personality is hard to pin down or predict she oscillates between gossip, mystic, and biographer.4/5(36). Get this from a library. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: the Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan.

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In Spring It Is the Dawn. In spring it the dawn that is most beautiful. As the light creeps over the hills, their outlines are dyed a faint red and wisps of purplish cloud trail over them. In summer the nights.

Not only when the moon shines, but on dark nights too, as the fireflies flit to and fro, and even. The Pillow Book is the diary of Sei Shonagon, a courtesan at the imperial court of Japan in the late 10th and early 11th century.

In her journal, Sei Shonagon describes events that happened in her daily life, e.g. her dealings with the empress, whose lady-in-waiting she is, and a number of men, who come into her life.

Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive, a (c)(3) non-profit, building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital projects include the Wayback Machine, and   In this 5 part program, Karen Lindsey reads Professor Ivan Morris' translation of "The Pillow Book," () a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi (定子).

As we know from section 8 of The Pillow Book, even a cat could receive Court rank: indeed Emperor Ichijō's pet cat belonged to at least as high a rank as the Governor of the largest province of Japan. The joys of rank were also extended to troublesome ghosts and even to inanimate objects like ships.4/5().

The Pillow Book is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shonagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the s and early 11th century in Heian Japan.

The book was completed in the year The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (The Penguin classics) by Shonagon, Sei and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at The Makura no Sôshi, or The Pillow Book as it is generally known in English, is a collection of personal reflections and anecdotes about life in the Japanese royal court composed around the turn of the eleventh century by a woman known as Sei Shônagon.

Its opening section, which begins haru wa akebono, or “spring, dawn,” is arguably the single most famous passage in. Take a firsthand journey into a time, society and world full of intrigue.

In the tenth century, Japan stood physically and culturally isolated from the rest of the world. Sei Shonagon—a young courtesan of the Heian period—kept a diary, which provides a highly personal account of the intrigues, dalliances, quirks, and habits of Japan's late tenth-century elite.

Memoirs of a lady on the make 1, years ago in Japan, a court lady-in-waiting, Sei Shonagon, kept a journal, her pillow book, of her life, loves and intense dislikes.

It is still a shrewd guide Author: Guardian Staff. Serious Humor in Sei Shōnagon’s Pillow Book Karen Larson '11 [email protected] 7 Sei Shónagon, “The Pillow Book of Sei Shónagon,” in Anthropology of Japanese Literature, ed.

Donald Keene, trans. Arthur Waley, (New York: Grove Press, ). Relatively little is known about Sei Shonagon's life, except what is revealed in "The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon." What is known is that she was a court lady in tenth-century Japan, at the pinnacle of the Heian culture.

Her reminiscences and thoughts add up to both an entertaining read and a. PERSONAL COLUMN SE. SHONAGON Sei Shonagon was born in Japan approximately one thousand years ago.

She wrote her 'Pillow Book,' or collection of personal reflections, dur- ing her years of service as lady-in-waiting to the Empress Sadako. The work, which is regarded as being of the greatest importance in Japanese literature, is almost unknown in the West.

These. Excerpts from The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon “In Spring It Is the Dawn” In spring it the dawn that is most beautiful.

As the light creeps over the hills, their outlines are dyed a faint red and wisps of purplish cloud trail over them. In summer the Size: KB. The Pillow Book was written by Sei Shōnagon (c.

–) during the peaceful Heian period in Japan. She was a gentlewoman in the imperial court known for her wit and clever poetry. (Poetry was a big deal then — you would be justified in severing all contact with a lover if he sent you poor poetry.) The Pillow Book is a compendium of Sei's thoughts on various subjects, in the.

Click to read more about The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: 2 (Classics) by Sei Shōnagon. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. All about The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon: 2 (Classics) by Sei Shōnagon.

LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. Home Groups Talk : Sei Shōnagon. Sei Sho-nagon, author of the famous Pillow Book, was the proud, witty and vivacious lady-in-waiting to Emperor Ichijô's first wife, Empress Teishi, and the star of a rival literary salon (Murasaki served Ichijô's second wife, Sho-shi).

Murasaki's diary comments about Sho-nagon are biting--she found her conceited. The Pillow Book, by Sei Shonagon various publishers. Fiction. Shrugging off praise, Shonagon admits, “I am the sort of person who approves of what others abhor and detests the things they like.”.The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is an immensely detailed account of court life in eleventh-century Japan.

Written at the height of Heian culture, it is a classic text of great literary beauty, full of lively anecdotes, humorous observations, and subtle impressions/10(18).