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9780143039495

The Tale of Genji

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143039495

  • ISBN10:

    0143039490

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-02-28
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

Superbly written and genuinely engaging . . . one of those works that can be read and reread throughout one’s life.” —Liza Dalby, Los Angeles Times Book Review Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel—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 Tyler’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.

Author Biography

Murasaki Shikibu was a lady in the Heian court of eleventh-century Japan.
Royall Tyler, an American, taught Japanese language and literature for many years at Australia National University.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Diagrams vii
Introduction ix
Main Characters xxi
PROLOGUE: Genji on the Art of Fiction 1(185)
1. The Paulownia Pavilion (Kiritsubo)
Abridged
4(14)
2. The Broom Tree (Hahakigi)
Complete
18(36)
3. The Cicada Shell (Utsusemi)
[Omitted]
4. The Twilight Beauty (Yugao)
Slightly abridged
54(33)
5. Young Murasaki (Wakamurasaki)
Complete
87(41)
6. The Safflower (Suetsumuhana)
[Omitted]
7. Beneath the Autumn Leaves (Momiji no Ga)
Complete
128(24)
8. Under the Cherry Blossoms (Hana no En)
Complete
152(10)
9. Heart-to-Heart (Aoi)
Abridged
162(24)
10. The Green Branch (Sakaki)
Complete
186(39)
11. Falling Flowers (Hanachirusato)
[Omitted]
12. Suma (Suma)
Abridged
225(28)
13. Akashi (Akashi)
Slightly Abridged
253(30)
14. The Pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi (Miotsukushi)
Slightly abridged
283(22)
15. A Waste of Weeds (Yomogiu)
[Omitted]
16. At the Pass (Sekiya)
[Omitted]
17. The Picture Contest (Eawase)
Complete
305(20)
Further Reading 325

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