pillow book


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pillow book

n.
1. A book containing erotic images and texts, often intended as a guide to sexual practices.
2. A literary collection of loosely connected personal observations.

[Sense 2, from translation of Japanese Makura no Sōshi, the title of such a book by Sei Shonagon (c. 966-1017), Japanese court lady and author (makura, pillow + no, relational particle + sōshi, album leaves).]
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The two author-protagonists, the narrator, Jane Takagi-Little, and her Japanese counterpart, Akiko Ueno, define themselves in relation to a third author, Sei Shonagon, and her tenth-century miscellany text known as The Pillow Book.
These characters are particularly fascinated by a newly discovered Japanese pillow book that appears to be from the Heian period but turns out to be a modern forgery.
I learned about lists from Ivan Morris's translation of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon where readers see how a mere list can be elegant writing.
The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, Empress Sadako's lady in waiting from about 993-1000, offers rich detail about the meaning and power of dress during the Heian period [794-1185].
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A born gossip who loved life at court, Sei's observations--in the form of lists, poems and anecdotes that give us much insight into her world--were collected and published in English as The Pillow Book, a book still in print.
A pillow book this work is not, nor a pillow, but, read carefully, it pays back royally.
McGregor, 37, starred as a bisexual in 1996 movie The Pillow Book and filmed a gay sex scene with Batman star Christian Bale for Velvet Goldmine.
Sei Shonagon, a servant to the Japanese Empress Sadako 1,000 years ago, wrote a single volume, The Pillow Book, that is difficult to classify.
He said: "In The Pillow Book I was covered head to toe in Chinese-Japanese calligraphy.
Award-winning author Aiden Chambers presents This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn, a unique work of fiction in that it is not told in the traditional narrative style of a novel; instead, its story is rendered as a "pillow book" or collection of notes recording poems, emotions, daily impressions, letters, stories, ideas, and descriptions, compiling the life of a pregnant nineteen-year-old girl who wishes to preserve and pass on her memories to her unborn child.
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