The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan

The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan

Michitsuna no Haha


Author note: Translated through Edward Seidensticker
Publish yr note: First released 974
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Written within the 10th century, the Kagero Nikki, translated right here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to a similar interval because the celebrated Tale of Genji and The Pillow ebook of Sei Shonagon. just like the Pillow publication of Sei Shonagon, The Gossamer Years is a magazine stored via a noblewoman.

This frank autobiography diary unearths tempestuous many years of the author's unsatisfied marriage and her turning out to be indignation at rival other halves and mistresses. To impetuous to be chuffed as a subsidiary spouse, this gorgeous noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the wedding method of her time in a single of jap literature's earliest makes an attempt to painting tricky components of the essential social hierarchy.

Very little is understood of the writer open air of what's comparable in her diary. Her identify is unknown -- yet she used to be with regards to the girl Murasaki, writer of the story of Genji, and to Sei Shonagon, writer of The Pillow Book.

A vintage paintings of early eastern prose, The Gossamer Years bargains a undying and intimate glimpse into the tradition of old Japan.

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