The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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"Murasaki Shikibu, born into the middle ranks of the aristocracy during the Heian Period (794-1185 CE), wrote The Tale of Genji--widely considered the world's first novel--during the early years of the eleventh century. Expansive, compelling, and sophisticated in its representation of ethical concerns and aesthetic ideals, Murasaki's tale came to occupy a central place in Japan's remarkable history of artistic achievement and is now recognized as a masterpiece of world literature. The Tale of Genji is presented here in a flowing new translation for contemporary readers, who will discover in its depiction of the culture of the imperial court the rich complexity of human experience that simultaneously resonates with and challenges their own. Washburn sets off interior monologues with italics for fluid reading, embeds some annotations for accessibility and clarity, and translates poetry into English into triplets to create prosodic equivalents of the original."--
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393047875
Branch Call Number: MURAS
Characteristics: xxxviii, 1320 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Genji monogatari. English

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Mar 15, 2010

This 1100+-page novel about Royal Japanese life, 1000+ years ago, was a fascinating read. Chronological, characters and translation of Japanese terms as well as diagrams helped. As the novel is based upon Lady Murasaki life, I first read and recommend: "Diary of Lady Murasaki". Enjoy!

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