By Sei Shonagon

The vintage portrayal of court docket lifestyles in tenth-century Japan

Written through the court docket gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, ostensibly for her personal entertainment, The Pillow Book bargains a desirable exploration of existence one of the the Aristocracy on the top of the Heian interval, describing the beautiful pleasures of a restricted international during which poetry, love, type, and whim ruled, whereas harsh truth used to be saved firmly at a distance. relocating elegantly throughout a variety of subject matters together with nature, society, and her personal flirtations, Sei Shonagon presents a witty and intimate window on a woman's lifestyles at courtroom in classical Japan.

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