Murasaki Shikibu

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Murasaki Shikibu (紫 式部 Murasaki Shikibu, c. 973–c. 1014 or c 1025) was a novelist, poet, and servant of the imperial court during the Heian period of Japan. She is the author of the Tale of Genji.


The Diary of Lady Murasaki[edit]

  • Sei Shōnagon is a smug and horrible person. She acts so smart and is always writing in true [Chinese] characters, but if you look closely, you can find lots of mistakes. People who try that hard to be different from everyone else always end up falling behind, with trouble waiting in their future; and people who are that affected act all mono no aware and attend all the interesting events even when they're lonely and bored, so that in the end the affectation stops being an act. How exactly are things going to end well for a person like that?
  • Unforgettably horrible is the naked body. It really does not have the slightest charm.

The Tale of Genji[edit]

  • Mono no aware.
    • The sadness of things.
    • Passim. Cf. Lacrimae rerum.
    • Variant translations:
      • The pathos of things.
      • A sensitivity to things.
      • The sorrow of human existence.

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