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The Tale of the Heike

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Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the worldandrsquo;s first novelandmdash;and is certainly one of its finest. Genji, the Shining Prince, son of an emperor, is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tylerandrsquo;s superb translation is detailed, poetic, and true to the Japanese original while allowing the English reader to appreciate its timeless beauty. In this deftly abridged edition, Tyler focuses on the early chapters, which vividly evoke Genji as a young man and leave him at his first moment of triumph.

  • The first abridged edition of Tyler's masterful translation
  • Includes detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji, a groundbreaking rendering of Japans great martial epic

The fourteenth-century Tale of the Heike is Japans Iliad—a moving depiction of the late twelfth-century wars between the Heike and Genji clans. No work has had a greater impact on later Japanese literature, theater, music, film, and manga—indeed on the Japanese peoples sense of their own past. It has also been a major source for medieval-Japan-based fantasy in English. With woodcuts by nineteenth-century artist Teisai Hokuba, a major student of the great Hokusai, Royall Tylers stunning presentation of this touchstone of Japanese culture recreates the oral epic as it was actually performed and conveys the rich and vigorous language of the original.

About the Author

Murasaki Shikibu, born in 978, was a member of Japan's Fujiwara clan, which ruled behind the scenes during the Heian Period by providing the brides and courtesans of all the emperors. Lady Murasaki's rare literary talent, particularly her skill as a poet, secured her a place in the court of Empress Akiko. After the death of her husband, she cloistered herself to study Buddhism, raise her daughter, and write the world's first novel Genji Monogatari, the tale of the shining Prince Genji.

Royall Tyler was born in London, England, and grew up in Massachusetts, England, Washington D.C., and Paris. He has a B.A. in Far Eastern Languages from Harvard, and an M.A. in Japanese History and Ph. D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University. He has taught Japanese language and culture at, among other places, Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Oslo, in Norway. Beginning in 1990, he taught at the Australian National University, in Canberra, from which he retired at the end of 2000. He will spend the American academic year 2001-02 as a Visiting Professor at Harvard.

Royall Tyler and his wife Susan live in a rammed earth house on 100 acres in the bush about seventy miles from Canberra, where they breed alpacas as a hobby.

Royall Tyler’s previous works include Japanese Noh Dramas, a selection and translation of Noh plays published by Penguin; Japanese Tales and French Folktales, anthologies published by Pantheon; and The Miracles of the Kasuga Deity, a study of a medieval Japanese cult published by Columbia University Press.

Table of Contents

Translated by Royall Tyler

Acknowledgments

List of Maps and Diagrams

Introduction

1. The Paulownia Pavilion (Kiritsubo)

2. The Broom Tree (Hahakigi)

3. The Cicada Shell (Utsusemi)

4. The Twilight Beauty (Yugao)

5. Young Murasaki (Wakamurasaki)

6. The Safflower (Suetsumuhana)

7. Beneath the Autumn Leaves (Momiji no Ga)

8. Under the Cherry Blossoms (Hana no En)

9. Heart-to-Heart (Aoi)

10. The Green Branch (Sakaki)

11. Falling Flowers (Hanachirusato)

12. Suma (Suma)

13. Akashi (Akashi)

14. The Pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi (Miotsukushi)

15. A Waste of Weeds (Yomogiu)

16. At the Pass (Sekiya)

17. The Picture Contest (Eawase)

18. Wind in the Pines (Matsukaze)

19. Wisps of Cloud (Usugumo)

20. The Bluebell (Asagao)

21. The Maidens (Otome)

22. The Tendril Wreath (Tamakazura)

23. The Warbler's First Song (Hatsune)

24. Butterflies (Kocho)

25. The Fireflies (Hotaru)

26. The Pink (Tokonatsu)

27. The Cressets (Kagaribi)

28. The Typhoon (Nowaki)

29. The Imperial Progress (Miyuki)

30. Thoroughwort Flowers (Fujibakama)

31. The Handsome Pillar (Makibashira)

32. The Plum Tree Branch (Umegae)

33. New Wisteria Leaves (Fuji no Uraba)

34. Spring Shoots I (Wakana 1)

35. Spring Shoots II (Wakana 2)

36. The Oak Tree (Kashiwagi)

37. The Flute (Yokobue)

38. The Bell Cricket (Suzumushi)

39. Evening Mist (Yugiri)

40. The Law (Minori)

41. The Seer (Maboroshi)

Vanished into the Clouds (Kumogakure)

42. The Perfumed Prince (Niou Miya)

43. Red Plum Blossoms (Kobai)

44. Bamboo River (Takekawa)

45. The Maiden of the Bridge (Hashihime)

46. Beneath the Oak (Shiigamoto)

47. Trefoil Knots (Agemaki)

48. Bracken Shoots (Sawarabi)

49. The Ivy (Yadorigi)

50. The Eastern Cottage (Azumaya)

51. A Drifting Boat (Ukifune)

52. The Mayfly (Kagero)

53. Writing Practice (Tenarai)

54. The Floating Bridge of Dreams (Yume no Ukihashi)

Chronology

General Glossary

Clothing and Color

Offices and Titles

Summary of Poetic Allusions Identified in the Notes

Characters in The Tale of Genji

Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143107262
Author:
Tyler, Royall
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Shikibu, Murasaki
Author:
Various
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 b/w maps
Pages:
784
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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From the acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji, a groundbreaking rendering of Japans great martial epic

The fourteenth-century Tale of the Heike is Japans Iliad—a moving depiction of the late twelfth-century wars between the Heike and Genji clans. No work has had a greater impact on later Japanese literature, theater, music, film, and manga—indeed on the Japanese peoples sense of their own past. It has also been a major source for medieval-Japan-based fantasy in English. With woodcuts by nineteenth-century artist Teisai Hokuba, a major student of the great Hokusai, Royall Tylers stunning presentation of this touchstone of Japanese culture recreates the oral epic as it was actually performed and conveys the rich and vigorous language of the original.

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