My Name is Sei Shonagon

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Number of Pages176
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Open LibraryOL7764624M
ISBN 100701176032
ISBN 109780701176037

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The little girl found some solace in writing down stories about her life in America. She read these to her unhappy mother, who called her `my little Sei Shonagon' after a woman at the imperial court in the 10th century, who recorded her life and her reflections in `the Pillow Book'.

So here we have the record of the narrator's Japanese life/5(9). MY NAME IS My Name is Sei Shonagon book SHONAGON Paperback – January 1, by Jan Blensdorf (Author)/5(9). My Name Is Sei Shonagon- Jan Blensdorf. Set in Tokyo, our unnamed protagonist, a woman of mixed-race parentage, is trying to survive life despite tragedy surrounding her.

The pieces of her life come together to explain her present day state, intertwined to paint a /5. That's the case with Sei Shonagon, which is not her real name but a pseudonym taken from the catty author of the famed Japanese "pillow book," which details the more sensual side of ancient court life/5(9).

Sei meets her demanding future husband through her uncle, who becomes infuriated when the unhappy couple divorces. She then falls in love with Alain, a French photographer who comes "to write. The book is cleverly tied together; in some ways, it reminds me of The Hours in its wrapping of story around story.

However, the narrative line bears no similarity. My Name is Sei Shonagon. Jan Blensdorf is the author of My Name is Sei Shonagon ( avg rating, ratings, 18 reviews, published ), On m'appelle Sei Shonagon ( avg rat /5.

My Name Is Sei Shonagon is narrated by the woman who calls herself Sei Shonagon, and like the historical Pillow Book it also offers small thoughts and episodes -- though it is more reflective and retrospective, as the contemporary Sei Shonagon recounts much from her past.

She is perhaps led to such introspection by her current position: she is. Sei Shōnagon was available for summoning in the: Biography ↑ Zuihitsu is a Japanese form of literature similar to a journal where the author writes about their thoughts and feelings in regards to their surroundings., ↑ Afusaka-no-seki is a Japanese My Name is Sei Shonagon book on words that is used to describe a romantic meeting between a man and a woman in the middle of the night.

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National Emergency Library. Top My name is Sei Shonagon Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. EMBED EMBED (for Pages: Sei Shōnagon (清少納言, c. – or ) was a Japanese author, poet, and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year during the middle Heian period.

She is the author of The Pillow Book (枕草子, makura no sōshi).Occupation: Lady-in-waiting to Empress Teishi. She calls herself "Sei Shonagon," after the eleventh-century woman who wrote The Pillow Book.

This exquisite first novel is a Pillow Book for the twenty-first century; its "Sei" is a young woman who, as a child, moved to Japan from America to live with her strict, tradition-obsessed uncle after the death of her parents, an American academic and a Japanese student.

My Name is Sei Shonagon is no mere travel book. The story itself is set in contemporary Tokyo and emerges via a series of intriguing memories and flashbacks recounted by a near-comatose woman known as Sei Shonagon/5.

Source: Researcher Starters, Sei Shōnagon Born: or Birthplace: Unknown Died: c. Place of death: Possibly near Kyoto, Japan Early Life. No direct biographical or historical records about Sei Shōnagon have survived; information is fragmentary or conjectural about her life before and after her service at the imperial court, and about possible relationships, marriages, or children.

Born in Australia, Jan Blensdorf has lived and worked abroad for many years, and is now based in England. My Name is Sei Shonagon grew out of two years she spent in Tokyo. This is her first novel.

More about Jan Blensdorf. As it is, Name is about a hapa Japanese American girl who goes to Japan with her widowed mother, to a very restrictive (and abusive) existence in the home of her maternal uncle. As a young woman, she inherits an incense factory, becomes a confessor of sorts to lonely men behind a screen, refuses to give her name and uses the Sei Shonagon.

(The real Sei Shonagon was a courtier in the Heian period who, when she was given paper as a gift, used it to write The Pillow Book, circa a.d). What at last seems true happiness—with the love of French photographer Alain—ends up, thanks again to brute villainy, to be something worse than any of the deaths, suicides, rapes, or divorces.

The classic portrayal of court life in tenth-century Japan Written by the court gentlewoman Sei Shonagon, 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 harsh4/5.

Sei Shōnagon, (born c. Japan—died c.Japan), diarist, poet, and courtier whose witty, learned Pillow Book (Makura no sōshi) exhibits a brilliant and original Japanese prose style and is a masterpiece of classical Japanese literature.

Sei Shonagan, ca.Radio programs -- Fiction., Pillow book / by Sei Shonagan, read by Karen Lindsey.**The, Women -- Japan -- Social conditions., Japanese literature -- History and criticism., American Women Making History and Culture: Contributor Karen Lindsey, Producer Language English.

She calls herself Sei Shonagon, after the eleventh-century woman who wrote The Pillow Book. This exquisite first novel is a Pillow Book for the twenty-first century; its Sei is a young woman who, as a child, moved to Japan from America to live with her strict, tradition-obsessed uncle after the death of her parents, an American academic and a Japanese student/5().

As she grows older, the need to understand what she sees around her becomes a personal odyssey that affects the lives of everyone she encounters. As beautiful as a Haiku, as gripping as a psychological thriller, My Name is Sei Shonagon introduces a new writer of major talent.

Get this from a library. My name is Sei Shōnagon. [Jan Blensdorf] -- "Who is Sei Shonagon. The tenth-century author of The Pillow Book. A woman of mixed-race parentage, surviving life in modern Japan. Or a voice from behind a screen, reaching across centuries, linking. Sei Shōnagon (/) was a Japanese author and a court lady who served the Empress Consort Teishi around the year She is known as the author of The Pillow Book (makura no sōshi).

This article on an author is a stub. Get this from a library. My name is Sei Shōnagon. [Jan Blensdorf] -- Having modeled herself after the eleventh-century author of "The Pillow Book," an incense maker recounts the time she lived in America with her fiercely traditional uncle after the death of her.

My Name is Sei Shonagon is no mere travel book. The story itself is set in contemporary Tokyo and emerges via a series of intriguing memories and flashbacks recounted by a near-comatose woman known as Sei Shonagon/5(2).

Read "My Name is Sei Shonagon" by Jan Blensdorf available from Rakuten Kobo. In a small incense shop in modern Tokyo, amid the manic consumerism of cartoon-colored Shibuya youth culture, incense is. Hi and welcome to my channel for book collectors. I create in-depth video reviews/presentations that focus mainly on Folio Society books, Everyman's Library books and Tolkien Deluxe Editions by.

The Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) is a personalised account of life at the Japanese court by Sei Shonagon which she completed c. CE during the Heian book is full of humorous observations (okashi) written in the style of a diary, an approach known as zuihitsu-style (‘rambling') of which The Pillow Book was the first and greatest example.

Print book: Fiction: EnglishView all editions and formats Summary: Above it, in a room furnished with nothing but a simple paper screen, guests come to speak with the woman known as 'Sei Shonagon', hoping to find answers to the mysteries of their own bizarre lives. What is a pillow book.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about Shonagon's book: “The Pillow Book is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi during the s and early s in Heian Japan. The book was completed in. ― Sei Shonagon, The Pillow Book.

13 likes. Like “It was a clear, moonlit night a little after the tenth of the Eighth Month. Her Majesty, who was residing in the Empress's Office, sat by the edge of the veranda while Ukon no Naishi played the flute for her.

The other ladies in attendance sat together, talking and laughing; but I stayed by. Buy My Name Is Sei Shonagon by Jan Blensdorf from Amazon's Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction.3/5(1).

Sei Shōnagon, a gentlewoman serving in the imperial court of Empress Teishi in Japan in the s C.E., keeps a diary. This “pillow book” is a blend of short narratives, personal musings, and many lists of observations and experiences which Sei finds beautiful or interesting.

The Pillow Book is a diary composed by Sei Shōnagon, a young woman who served in the imperial court at Kyoto during Japan’s Heian period. Specifically, Sei was a gentlewoman in the service of the Empress Teishi, from roughly the year until C.E. Sei herself was born in an outlying province where her father served as a governor.

Lee "My Name is Sei Shonagon" por Jan Blensdorf disponible en Rakuten Kobo. In a small incense shop in modern Tokyo, amid the manic consumerism of Brand: ABRAMS. The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon is a fascinating, detailed account of Japanese court life in the eleventh century.

Written by a lady of the court at the height of Heian culture, this book enthralls with its lively gossip, witty observations, and subtle : Sei Shonagon’s Lists Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book is one of the strangest and most delightful works of literature in the entire human history.

Shonagon () was a Lady-In-Waiting serving the Japanese empress Sadako in the peaceful Heian era. The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon is a very old diary/journal of a woman in court life in ancient Japan.

The translation with all the helpful hints by Ivan Morris is excellent - I was never at a loss to what was happening. With Ivan's help Sei brings back to life years ago in Japan.

Her writings are her observations to life around by: 9. MY NAME IS. SEI SHONAGON. By Jan Blensdorf. New York: The Overlook Press. $ FOR over a century, ever since Lafcadio Hearn sent his first rhapsodic dispatches off to. Memoirs of a lady on the make 1, years ago in Japan, a court lady-in-waiting, Sei Shonagon, kept a journal, her pillow book, of her life, loves and intense dislikes.

It is still a shrewd guide Author: Guardian Staff.Sei Shōnagon opens her diary with the first of many lists—lists of things that bring her delight. Throughout the book, she will return to the idea of delight, or okashi, a traditional Japanese emotional and aesthetic sensibility based on observations of one’s surroundings.Caster’s True Name is Sei Shonagon, a Japanese author, poet and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year during the middle Heian period.

She is the author of The Pillow Book. She is known as a rival of the poet Murasaki Shikibu.

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