August is Women in Translation Month, a global movement started by Meytal Tadzinkski to counter the underrepresentation of women writers in translated literature, and we’re joining in the conversation by featuring new and backlist translations authored by women. Last week we featured the work of women poets from Russia and East Asia. This week, we will be focusing on writers from Heian-era Japan (794-1185), the literarily rich period that produced Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji.
Many romances, diaries, and miscellanies by women in this period became classics of Japanese literature and helped to shape literary culture and define genres for centuries to come. The two works we will be featuring are The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon, a fascinating and detailed account of life in the eleventh century Heian court, and The Sarashina Diary by Sugawara no Takasue no Musume, an eleventh century memoir of a young girl’s travels from the wild East Country to the capital Heian-kyō. Fill out the form below for your chance to win one of these titles! And remember to check back this week for guest post for author Gergana Ivanova about The Pillow Book and translator Sonja Arntzen Arntzen about The Sarashina Diary.
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