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    As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams: Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh Century Japan (Classics S) (Paperback) By (author) Sugawara No Takasue No Musume, By (author) Sarashina, Translated by Ivan Morris

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    Description"As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams" is a unique autobiography in which the anonymous writer known as Lady Sarashina intersperses personal reflections, anecdotes and lyrical poems with accounts of her travels and evocative descriptions of the Japanese countryside. Born in AD 1008, Lady Sarashina felt an acute sense of melancholy that led her to withdraw into the more congenial realm of the imagination - this deeply introspective work presents her vision of the world. While barely alluding to certain aspects of her life such as marriage, she illuminates her pilgrimages to temples and mystical dreams in exquisite prose, describing a profound emotional journey that can be read as a metaphor for life itself.


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    Title
    As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams
    Subtitle
    Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh Century Japan
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sugawara No Takasue No Musume, By (author) Sarashina, Translated by Ivan Morris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 45 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140442823
    ISBN 10: 0140442820
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    DC22: FIC
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC, HBJF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AFS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS021000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC18: 952.010924
    DC22: 895.6/8/109
    LC classification: PL789.S8 S2513 1989
    B&T Approval Code: A24524840
    LC classification: PL789.S8S2
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPJ, 2AFS
    Thema V1.0: DNB, NHF
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FPJ
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3K
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2AFS
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, maps, index
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    05 December 1989
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Lady Sarashina (as she is commonly known), born in 1008, was a lady-in-waiting of Heian-period Japan. Her work stands out for its descriptions of her travels and pilgrimages and is unique in the literature of the period, as well as one of the first in the genre of travel writing.
    Review text
    Ivan Morris's wonderful translation of an autobiography- cum-travelogue with poems, and gives a vivid impression of the lady's shy, sensitive personality. Even allowing for the customary seclusion of Heian ladies, life seems to have passed her by somewhat. But then, she would rather describe the scenery than her marriage. In youth she seeks solace in novel-reading; in middle age she goes on pilgrimages. Frequently she recounts and interprets her dreams, then comments blithely that she ignored their warning or advice. You'll like her, if you're not expecting Camille Paglia. (Kirkus UK)