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Book of Loss

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The Book of Loss by Julith Jedamus
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The Book of Loss takes the reader on an ambitious journey deep into the psyche of a group of women and their social environment of 10th century Japan. It is a world of emotional intensity and paucity of freedom. The court of the Emperor where the mysterious narrator and her rival Izumi live is tightly bound with complex social rules. The hierarchy is extreme, and despite their own relative high ranks, in the presence of the Empress they are nothing. It is a society of hypocrisy in which men and women may be separated by a curtain in public in order to maintain their modesty, and yet extramarital affairs are commonplace. Despite the apparent sexual liberalism, to be a woman shamed is to be worthless, nameless, and to risk exile. At the start of the novel the greatest scandal imaginable has taken place. Kanesuke, the narrator's lover (also lover of Izumi) has seduced the Virgin of Ise - one of the Emperor's daughters - and he has been exiled. The narrator's sense of loss is unbearable, her love is all consuming, and now it will push her to extremes of rivalry.

Author Biography

Born in Boulder, Colorado, Julith Jedamus now lives in Richmond, Surrey with her husband and son. This is her first book.
Release date NZ
March 10th, 2005
Pages
256
Edition
Export ed
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions
135x214x20
ISBN-13
9780297848608
Product ID
1644021

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