Synopses & Reviews
Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji-written 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.
This is 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 as those imagined by Proust.
Table of Contents
The Paulownia court -- Evening faces -- Lavender -- An Autumn excursion -- The Festival of the Cherry Blossoms -- Heartvine -- The Sacred tree -- The Orange blossoms -- Duma -- Akashi -- Channel buoys -- A Picture contest.