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Presentation of the book: "The Diary of the Lady Izumi", by Izumi Shikibu

Presentación del libro: “El diario de la dama Izumi”, de Izumi Shikibu - IMG 2

At the beginning of the eleventh century, in the refined courtly world of the capital, cloistered behind the walls of the Imperial Palace and hidden behind heavy bamboo blinds, Japanese women designed their own language with which they wrote some of the most important works of the Japanese literature. Imbued with an enveloping aroma of soft melancholy, The Diary of Izumi Shikibu is one of the earliest examples of female self-assertion in a world dominated by male authority.

It is the chronicle of a year of love narrated by a female protagonist, a clandestine love that defied social conventions and caused an unprecedented scandal in the society of the moment. The edition of Satori Ediciones is translated directly from Japanese and contains 144 waka poetry.

Izumi Shikibu, (¿975-1030?) is considered by many to have been the greatest woman poet of the Heian period and she is the most outstanding poetess in the Japanese literature. His father was a mid-ranking officer for whom she received the name of Shikibu, the name of the administrative post. She married the first governor of Izumi - name with which she is known. Renowned for her beauty, charm and talent, Izumi kept up her love affairs, including her romances with Prince Tametaka, who caused her divorce, and Prince Atsumichi, who is featured in this diary. Izumi lived in the Court as companion and was the contemporary of great writers such as Murasaki Shikibu and Akazome Emon.

Presented by:
Rafael Bueno, Director of Politics, Society and Educational Programs, Casa Asia

Participant:
Akiko Imoto, Co-translator of the book, professor of Japanese JFS in Casa Asia and associate professor of Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Date
2017/06/20 19:00 h
Timetable

Tuesday June 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Venue
Sede de Casa Asia
Recinto Modernista de Sant Pau
Pabellón Sant Manuel
c/ Sant Antoni Mª Claret, 167
Barcelona
Ticket
Free admission and pre-registration is needed.
Organiser
Casa Asia and Satori Ediciones
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