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清少納言 , Sei Shonagon , アーサー ウェイリー , Arthur Waley



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Japan in the 10th century stood physically and culturally isolated from the rest of the world. Inside this bubble, a subtle and beautiful world was in operation, and its inhabitants were tied to the moment, having no interest in the future and disdain for the past. In a small diary, a young courtesan of the Heian period gives her account of the Japanese courts of the day, providing perspective on a unique time in Japanese history. A contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, Sei Sho-nagon's commentary brings an added dimension to that timeless and seminal work.

In a place and time where poetry was as important as knowledge and beauty was highly revered, Sei Shonagon's private writings give the reader a charming and intimate glimpse into a time of isolated innocence and pale beauty.


"His [Waley] is the most appealing version for the general reader."—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist

"In a small diary, a young courtesan of the Heian period gives her account of the Japanese courts of the day, providing perspective on a unique time in Japanese history. A contemporary of Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, Sei Sho-nagon's commentary brings an added dimension to that timeless and seminal work."—Svetlana's Reads and Views


  • ハードカバー: 127ページ
  • 出版社: チャールズ・イ・タトル出版; Hardcover with Jacket版 (2011/2/11)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • ISBN-10: 4805311088
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805311080
  • 発売日: 2011/2/11
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 1.5 x 13.8 x 20 cm
  • Amazon ベストセラー商品ランキング: 本 - 475,679位 (本のベストセラーを見る)
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22 人中、22人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Fascinating book, wrong title 2012/3/12
投稿者 n.rivot - (
This is a really wonderful book. It was written by a contemporary of Murakami Shikibu [the author of the Tale of Genji], whom she actually mentions once or twice. She was a well educated lady, who could outdo male courtiers of the time in her ability to quote Chinese poetry.

I want to mention what I consider a gross error in the title. She was certainly not a courtesan: she was at the Imperial court, an entirely different situation. An upper class woman, she knew many ladies and gentlemen of the court. She is witty and her stories are often amusing.
7 人中、7人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 2.0 You're only getting a quarter of the book. 2013/10/27
投稿者 kvnstv1 - (
Arthur Waley is undoubtedly a very important figure in the translation of Asian literature into English. But, as far as Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book is concerned, he should not have undertaken this translation. He has only translated a quarter of the work and has omitted all the passages he felt were dull or required too many citations to explain.

This undoubtedly may be the case, but as a fan of Japanese literature and the Zuihitsu genre, and having already read Kenko's Tsurezuregusa, I think I would rather be the judge of what is dull.

Had I researched this well beforehand, I would definitely have avoided this purchase. For readers who want a shortened version of the original, to just capture the essence of this book, this purchase would be excellent. For those seeking the full text, this will disappoint.
2 人中、2人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 1.0 A misleading version of a wonderful Literary work 2014/6/14
投稿者 B. Ackley - (
Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book is one of the greatest Japanese literary works. It is a challenging work. Wrote during Heian era Japan over a 1000 years ago its author Sei Shonagon, as she was known at the imperial court, wrote numerous musings about her life, recorded events that happened at the palace and documented the everyday. While the subject matter may seem stuffy the reality is quite different. Sei Shonagon is funny and her musings transcend time. Her ideas on fashion, irritation with others at court and aspirations of romantic love are similar to the same topics found in contemporary literature.

The difficult part of The pillow book is that it is not really in any order. depending on the publisher the book is usually divided in sections: Essays, journals and lists. the essays are usually her thoughts on life, her feelings and her ideas about things. The Journals recollect events at the palace and life in the Heian court. And lastly are lists. Sei Shonagon made near endless lists about numerous things. The most beautiful bridges. Noises that irritate. Considering this was wrote so long ago its a nice reminder that people, despite changes in our environment really haven't changed that much.

This version is only a portion of the pillow book and as such is incomplete. While I found the cover attractive compared to other versions offered on amazon as well as other retailers this is quite an inferior offering. To truly enjoy you should purchase another version.
2 人中、2人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 3.0 there are better editions 2013/2/3
投稿者 fanofjapan - (
This is not the greatest selection or translation, but it does focus on the parts of the diaries that are more immediately accessible to our contemporaries and avoid copious scholarly notes. A suitable introduction to that floating world, that may give the reader an appetite for a more comprehensive, in-depth foray.
5 人中、4人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 1.0 Don't Buy It! The traslation only covers 1/4 of the original text. 2013/8/27
投稿者 Ivan Mangano - (
I really felt robbed. This edition only covers one quarter of the original book but doesn't tell you. I was really dissaponted
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