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The Tale of Genji (Tuttle Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

This biographical novel centers around the amorous exploits of Prince Hikaru Genji, whose elegance and talent epitomized the values of Heian Japan, an era in which indigenous Japanese culture still held prominence over the Chinese culture that would come to dominate Japan.

Review:

"Masterpiece of Japanese literature written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu toward the beginning of the 11th century....It is one of the world's earliest and greatest novels. The Tale of Genji depicts a unique society of ultra refined and elegant aristocrats whose indispensable accomplishments were skill in poetry, music, calligraphy, and courtship. Much of the book is concerned with the loves of Prince Genji and the different women in his life. The novel is permeated with a sensitivity to human emotions and the beauties of nature hardly paralleled elsewhere. The tone of the novel darkens as it progresses, indicating perhaps a deepening of Murasaki's Buddhist conviction of the vanity of the world. Some, however, believe that its last 14 chapters were written by another author." Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Review:

"Not only the world's first real novel, but one of its greatest." Donald Keene, Columbia University

Review:

"A triumph of authenticity and readability." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[Seidensticker's] translation has the ring of authority." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Tuttle Publishing is proud to offer newly redesigned editions of some of Japan's greatest writers from medieval to modern times. Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature are a vital and affordable introduction. Begin building your collection now!

This biographical novel centers around the amorous exploits of Price Hikaru Genji, whose elegance and talent epitomized the values of Heian Japan, an era in which indigenous Japanese culture still held prominence over the Chinese culture that would come to dominate Japan.

Synopsis:

One of the best-known and loved novels from early Japanese history.

Synopsis:

Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel and after more than a millennium, this seminal work about the life and loves of Prince Genji, master poet, dancer, musician and painter, continues to enchant readers throughout the world. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text. Perfect for readers with limited time.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804832564
Translator:
Suematsu, Kendo
Translator:
Suematsu, Kendo
Translator:
Suematsu, Kendo
Author:
Suematsu, Kencho
Author:
Shikibu, Murasaki
Author:
Murasaki
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Parables
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
New ed..
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature
Series Volume:
97-17
Publication Date:
20001201
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 11 oz

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Product details 232 pages Tuttle Publishing - English 9780804832564 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Masterpiece of Japanese literature written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu toward the beginning of the 11th century....It is one of the world's earliest and greatest novels. The Tale of Genji depicts a unique society of ultra refined and elegant aristocrats whose indispensable accomplishments were skill in poetry, music, calligraphy, and courtship. Much of the book is concerned with the loves of Prince Genji and the different women in his life. The novel is permeated with a sensitivity to human emotions and the beauties of nature hardly paralleled elsewhere. The tone of the novel darkens as it progresses, indicating perhaps a deepening of Murasaki's Buddhist conviction of the vanity of the world. Some, however, believe that its last 14 chapters were written by another author."
"Review" by , "Not only the world's first real novel, but one of its greatest."
"Review" by , "A triumph of authenticity and readability."
"Review" by , "[Seidensticker's] translation has the ring of authority."
"Synopsis" by , Tuttle Publishing is proud to offer newly redesigned editions of some of Japan's greatest writers from medieval to modern times. Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature are a vital and affordable introduction. Begin building your collection now!

This biographical novel centers around the amorous exploits of Price Hikaru Genji, whose elegance and talent epitomized the values of Heian Japan, an era in which indigenous Japanese culture still held prominence over the Chinese culture that would come to dominate Japan.

"Synopsis" by ,
One of the best-known and loved novels from early Japanese history.
"Synopsis" by ,
Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel and after more than a millennium, this seminal work about the life and loves of Prince Genji, master poet, dancer, musician and painter, continues to enchant readers throughout the world. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text. Perfect for readers with limited time.
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