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The Pillow Book
Peter Greenaway's Pillow Book is Sei Shonagon's tenth-century story redux. Shonagon's protagonist is recast as Nogiko, a beautiful young writer. As a child, Nogiko was affected by two seminal experiences--her father writing on her face each birthday, and her mother reading to her from a thousand-year-old "pillow book," a diary kept by its author (also a woman named Nogiko) ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 2nd 1996 by Dis Voir
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While it cannot match the visual orgy that characterizes the movie, this book (and what else to call it? names are complicated, in the interplay between cinema and print) serves to reveal some of the skeleton beneath the flesh: anatomy of the limits of language, the ordering of a work concerned with the order we confine our thoughts to. Handy for those who aspire to Greenaway's puzzle-box classicism; quote fodder for those who seek to dissect his repetitive themes of sex, catalogues, fat men, wa ...more