By Michitsuna no Haha
Author note: Translated via Edward Seidensticker
Publish yr note: First released 974
Written within the 10th century, the Kagero Nikki, translated right here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to an identical interval because the celebrated Tale of Genji and The Pillow e-book of Sei Shonagon. just like the Pillow publication of Sei Shonagon, The Gossamer Years is a magazine stored through a noblewoman.
This frank autobiography diary finds tempestuous many years of the author's unsatisfied marriage and her growing to be indignation at rival other halves and mistresses. To impetuous to be happy as a subsidiary spouse, this pretty noblewoman of the Heian dynasty protests the wedding process of her time in a single of jap literature's earliest makes an attempt to painting tough parts of the essential social hierarchy.
Very little is understood of the writer outdoors of what's comparable in her diary. Her identify is unknown -- yet she used to be on the topic of 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 historical Japan.