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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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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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394729213
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Author:
Seidensticker, Edward G.
Author:
Murasaki, Shikibu
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Parables
Subject:
Romances
Subject:
Japan Social life and customs To 1600 Fiction.
Subject:
Classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Series Volume:
97
Publication Date:
1985
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.95 x 5.1 x .75 in .8 lb

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