The Tale of Genji

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 6, 2013 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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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User Review  - raizel - LibraryThing

According to the front cover, this is the first novel in a sequence of novels about 11th century Japan. I'm not prepared to read an entire series, if I could even find it. So, nevermind. Read full review

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The Tale of Genji aka Genji Monogatari is one of the most revered works of literature in Japan and its female author wrote this originally almost 1000 years ago in the 11th century! It is a tale of ... Read full review

Contents

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS I
1
The Paulownia Court
3
Evening Faces
28
Lavender
65
An Autumn Excursion Io 7
107
The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms
134
Heartvine
146
The Sacred Tree
186
The Orange Blossoms
231
Surma
236
Akashi
279
Channel Buoys
316
A Picture Contest
345
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Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, is best known as the author of The Tale of Genjiwritten in the eleventh century and universally recognized as the greatest masterpiece of Japanese prose narrative and possibly the earliest true novel in the history of the world.

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