The Tale of Genji
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Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
Book DescriptionThis is the prose masterpiece of the Heian era of the 10th and 11th centuries, which is recognized as a great period in Japanese literature. It is an account of the intricate, exquisite, highly ordered court culture which made such a masterpiece possible.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857151084
(212mm x 140mm x 54mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 17-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Murasaki Shikibu
Tale of Genji, Paperback (January 2017)
"A fluid, elegant rendition." -Washington Post
String of Flowers, Untied..., Paperback (December 2002)
The love poetry of the Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki comes alive in an all-new translation.
Diary of Lady Murasaki, Paperback (March 1996)» View all books by Murasaki Shikibu
This is the diary of Lady Murasaki, the Japanese prose writer. It describes the Heian court at its apogee and offers an intimate picture of the author's life as tutor and companion to the timid Empress Shoshi. It reveals the underside of imperial splendour from a female point of view.
US Kirkus Review » More complete than Arthur Waley's classic translation, despite fewer words. One chapter (38, "The Bell Cricket") and many shorter passages cut by Waley are back in, while all of Waley's embellishments, explanations, clarifications, and attempts to make Lady Murasaki's "novel" more familiar, are out. The result is sometimes drier, even awkwardly vague at some transitional points, but in other instances more lucid, beautifully understated, and definitely closer to the spare style of the original period Japanese. And this makes Seidenstricker's version not only superior today but the one future stylists will work from for any improvements. (Kirkus Reviews)
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