Synopses & Reviews
A novel which serves as a vivid portrait of life in eleventh century Japan, and which centres around the life and work of the author of "The Tale Of Genji", regarded by some scholars as the first novel ever written. "...not just a remarkable scholar of Japan - she is a keen storyteller", Arthur Golden, author of "Memoirs Of A Geisha".
Arguably the world's first novelist, Murasaki Shikibu wrote "The Tale of Genji" in the 11th century. Liza Dalby's novel is based on existing fragments of Murasaki's diary and poems and is a fictional account of Japan's most famous female writer.