Definition of pillow book in English:

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pillow book

noun

(In Japanese classical literature) a type of private journal or diary.
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  • Sade's brand of restlessness, however, provokes moral disquiet, and, for all its flamboyance, The 120 Days is less a pillow book than a novel of dystopia.
  • All we need to do is eliminate a few people. - We could catalog endless taxonomies of attack, compiling like Sei Shonagon cozy lists of hateful people in a bedtime pillow book.
  • John Bell, Wheeler's learned, polyglot young assistant, and Claire Tsong, his art-restorer friend, may have discovered an invaluable eleventh-century pillow book, or have they made it up?
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