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The Gossamer Years: A Diary by a Noblewoman of Heian Japan (Kagero Nikki)
The Gossamer Years A Diary by a Noblewoman of Heian Japan - Kagero Nikki Author:Anonymous, Edward Seidensticker (Translator) The Kagero Nikki, translated here as The Gossamer Years, belongs to the same period as the celebrated The Tale of Genji. This frank autobiographical diary reveals two tempestuous decades of the author's unhappy marriage and her growing indignation at rival wives and mistresses. Too impetuous to be satisfied as a subsidiary w... more »ife, this beautiful mid-Heian noblewoman protests the marriage system of her time in one of Japanese literature's earliest attempts to portray difficult elements of the predominant social hierarchy.