The Pillow Book
The Pillow Book
Sei Shōnagon

Translated by Meredith McKinney

Gossipy and poignant and delightful in equal measure. To be nibbled in small bites, not gulped.—Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books

The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan

Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shōnagon 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 Shōnagon provides a witty and intimate window on a woman's life at court in classical Japan.

Title The Pillow Book
Author Sei Shōnagon
Translated by Meredith McKinney
Publisher Penguin Classics
Title First Published 30 October 2007
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 416 p.
ISBN-10 0140448063
ISBN-13 9780140448061
Publication Date 30 October 2007
Main content page count 416
Weight 16 oz.

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