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The tale of Genji

Author: Murasaki Shikibu
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1990, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Vintage classics edView all editions and formats
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The classical novel of court life in tenth and eleventh-century Japan centers on the life and loves of a nobleman known as the shining Genji, son of an emperor, and those of Kaoru, grandson of Genji's best friend. In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, wrote the world's first novel. But The Tale of Genji is no mere artifact. It is, rather, a lively and astonishingly nuanced  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Romances
Parables
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Murasaki Shikibu
ISBN: 0679729534 9780679729532
OCLC Number: 21893067
Description: xviii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The Paulownia court --
Evening faces --
Lavender --
An Autumn excursion --
The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms --
Heartvine --
The Sacred tree --
The Orange blossoms --
Duma --
Akashi --
Channel buoys --
A Picture contest.
Other Titles: Genji monogatari.
Responsibility: by Murasaki Shikibu ; translated with an introduction by Edward G. Seidensticker.

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The classical novel of court life in tenth and eleventh-century Japan centers on the life and loves of a nobleman known as the shining Genji, son of an emperor, and those of Kaoru, grandson of Genji's best friend. In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, wrote the world's first novel. But The Tale of Genji is no mere artifact. It is, rather, a lively and astonishingly nuanced portrait of a refined society where every dalliance is an act of political consequence, a play of characters whose inner lives are as rich and changeable as those imagined by Proust. Chief of these is "the shining Genji," the son of the emperor and a man whose passionate impulses create great turmoil in his world and very nearly destroy him. This edition, recognized as the finest version in English, contains a dozen chapters from early in the book, carefully chosen by the translator, Edward G. Seidensticker, with an introduction explaining the selection. It is illustrated throughout with woodcuts from a seventeenth-century edition.

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