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The Pillow Book

Sei Shonagon - Author

Meredith McKinney - Translator

Meredith McKinney - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140448061 | 416 pages | 30 Oct 2007 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan

Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, ostensibly for her own amusement, The Pillow Book offers a fascinating exploration of life among the nobility at the height of the Heian period, describing the exquisite pleasures of a confined world in which poetry, love, fashion, and whim dominated, while harsh reality was kept firmly at a distance. Moving elegantly across a wide range of themes including nature, society, and her own flirtations, Sei Shonagon provides a witty and intimate window on a woman's life at court in classical Japan.