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The tale of the Heike

Author: Royall Tyler
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With a reflection on the fleeting nature of power and glory begins The Tale of the Heike, an epic from twelfth-century Japan. Comparable in stature to The Tale of Genji, The Tale of the Heike narrates with wit, energy, and compassion the stories of such unforgettable characters as the ruthless warlord Kiyomori, who dies still burning with such rage that water poured on him boils; Hotoke, the beautiful young dancer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
War stories
Fiction
History
Named Person: Taira family; Taira family.
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Royall Tyler
ISBN: 9780670025138 0670025135
OCLC Number: 774147820
Language Note: Translated from the Japanese.
Description: xlvii, 734 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Heike monogatari.
Responsibility: translated by Royall Tyler.

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Includes speech, poetry, blank verse and song that convey its character as an oral epic, fully embracing the rich and vigorous language of the original texts. This book is illustrated with fifty-five  Read more...

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In his elegant new translation, Royall Tyler divides the text into something resembling an opera libretto, with recitatives, arias and dialogue. L.A. Times

 
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