The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is an immensely detailed account of court life in eleventh-century Japan. Written at the height of Heian culture, it is a classic text of great literary beauty, full of lively anecdotes, humorous observations, and subtle impressions. Sei Shonagon was a contemporary and erstwhile rival of Lady Murasaki, whose novel, The Tale of Genji, fictionalized the court life that Lady Shonagon captures so vividly in her diary. The Pillow Book contains her reflections on royal and religious ceremonies, nature, pilgrimage, conversation, and poetry. Lady Shonagon shares character sketches and the things she both loves and loathes. Her style is so eloquent, her wit so sharp, even the briefest fragments enchant us. There is no better introduction to the daily preoccupations of the Heian upper class, and Ivan Morris's notes and contextualization enrich the material for scholars and general readers.

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The 445th greatest nonfiction book of all time


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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
El libro de la almohada / The Pillow Book (La Lengua) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 930776 $20.10 $24.70 2004
The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 12118631
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Paperback 279459 $15.01 $1.64 1991
The Pillow Book Of Sei Shonagon, Volume 1 (Markura no soshi) Hardcover 2298842 $158.50 $40.97 1967
The pillow-book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 4400232 $18.00
Pillow Book Hardcover 14586401 $139.30 $31.67 1980
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Paperback 1725292 $14.99 $1.98
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 6063485 $14.47 1984
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. Volume I. Translated and Edited By Ivan Morris Hardcover 4668539 $45.97 1967
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 10012680 $36.18 $6.53 2005
The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 3823051 $14.95
The Pillow Book of SEI Shonagon Hardcover 8397163 $25.35 $24.99 2013
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 8727634 $16.38
The Pillow Book (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback 3802533 $3.74 $4.88 2019
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (Classics) Mass Market Paperback 1048380 $14.63 $1.12 1971
The Pillow Book (Hardcover) (Chinese Edition) Hardcover 8847028 $23.90 $44.75 2015
The Pillow Book (Dover Thrift Editions) Kindle Edition 964942 2019
The Pillow-Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 6973392 $19.95
The Pillow Book (Penguin Classics) Paperback 59784 $7.88 $2.54 2007
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Paperback 2343743 $17.96 $3.84 2005
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The Pillow Book (Penguin Classics) Kindle Edition 264407 $9.99 2006
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 4349144 $29.56 $42.51 2010
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon Hardcover 2345906 $13.82
El libro de la almohada / The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (Literatura/ Literature) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3346990 $20.99 $51.32 2004