The Pillow Book

By Sei Shonagon; Meredith McKinney (Translator); Meredith McKinney (Introduction by)
(Penguin Classics, Paperback, 9780140448061, 416pp.)

Publication Date: October 30, 2007

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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.

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