Frasi di Sei Shōnagon
Data di nascita: 966
Data di morte: 1025
Sei Shōnagon è stata una scrittrice e poetessa giapponese al servizio dell'imperatrice Teishi presso la corte imperiale di Heiankyō durante il medio periodo Heian.
È l'autrice delle Note del guanciale .
Frasi Sei Shōnagon
„Things That Lose by Being Painted
Pinks, cherry blossoms, yellow roses. Men or women who are praised in romances as being beautiful.Things That Gain by Being Painted
Pines. Autumn fields. Mountain villages and paths. Cranes and deer. A very cold winter scene; an unspeakably hot summer scene. (p. 138)“
„It is a loose book, impressionistic, hardly coherent as a continuous narrative. It is full of descriptions of court life, and the retelling of court gossip and descriptions of fashionable shrines and how to get there by the most elegant means. It is a piece of writing replete with those typical Japanese wistful and melancholic evocations of ephemerality. It was written a thousand years ago almost exactly to the year the film was made, and it was written by a woman. To be literate a thousand years ago in the West was pretty uncommon; to be literate and a woman, very unlikely; to be literate, female, and quite brilliant, a well-nigh Western impossibility.“
— Sei Shonagon
Peter Greenaway on The Pillow Book in "105 Years of Illustrated Text" in the Zoetrope All-Story, Vol. 5 No. 1.
„Sei Shonagon feels modern, almost a proto-feminist in such a paternalistic age that women at court stayed, for the most part, silent and still and available indoors all their lives. She said much, and she said two electrifying things from the still darkness of her domestic prisons. She said them of course very much in her own way, but she said there were two things in life that were absolutely essential, and life would be unbearable without them: the sensuous body and literature. My crude summation would be sex and text. Both have the X factor. She said them with longing and her longing stayed with me.“
— Sei Shonagon
Peter Greenaway in "105 Years of Illustrated Text" in the Zoetrope All-Story, Vol. 5 No. 1.