“A graceful, lucid translation of the world’s first, and one of its greatest, novels.”?Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley
Murasaki Shikibu, born into the middle ranks of the aristocracy during the Heian Period (794–1185 CE), wrote The Tale of Genji?widely considered the world’s first novel?during the early years of the eleventh century. Expansive, compelling, and sophisticated in its representation of ethical concerns and aesthetic ideals, Murasaki’s tale came to occupy a central place in Japan’s remarkable history of artistic achievement and is now recognized as a masterpiece of world literature.
The Tale of Genji is presented here in a flowing new translation for contemporary readers, who will discover in its depiction of the culture of the imperial court the rich complexity of human experience that simultaneously resonates with and challenges their own. Washburn sets off interior monologues with italics for fluid reading, embeds some annotations for accessibility and clarity, and translates poetry into English triplets to create prosodic equivalents of the original.
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One of the world's oldest novels and the greatest single work of Japanese literature, this 11th-century romance centers on the lives and loves of an emperor's son. It offers a vast tapestry of the intrigues and rivalries of court life, as well as an exquisitely detailed portrayal of a decaying aristocracy. Rich in poetry and wordplay in addition to subtle social and psychological observations, this splendid translation of the first part of a tremendously influential masterpiece provides Western readers with a memorable taste of one of the world's first and greatest novels.Product Description:
One of the world's oldest novels and the greatest single work of Japanese literature, this 11th-century romance centers on the lives and loves of an emperor's son. It offers a vast tapestry of the intrigues and rivalries of court life, as well as an exquisitely detailed portrayal of a decaying aristocracy.
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Book Description Allen and Unwin, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. VG/VG 1973 5th printing Allen and Unwin hardback, unclipped DJ with lovely cover illustration, and Intro, translated by Arthur Waley, complete edition with 1136 pages. A little peeling to surface laminate of DJ along spineand natural aging only. Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH First edition of the work in this format and binding, and/or set or series. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; ISBN: 0048231096. ISBN/EAN: 9780048231093. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 060686. Bookseller Inventory # 060686