Gazing through the portal of Japanese culture at the amorous exploits of Prince Hikaru Genji, this novel tells the story of a time when indigenous Japanese culture still held prominence over the Chinese culture that would come to dominate Japan.
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The Tale of Genji was written in the eleventh century by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady of the Heian court. It is universally recognized as the greatest masterpiece of Japanese prose narrative, perhaps the earliest true novel in the history of the world. Until now there has been no translation that is both complete and scrupulously faithful to the original text. Edward G. Seidensticker's masterly rendering was first published in two volumes in 1976 and immediately hailed as a classic of the translator's art. It is here presented in one unabridged volume, illustrated throughout by woodcuts taken from a 1650 Japanese edition of The Tale of Genji.From the Back Cover:
The Tale of Genji is a very long romance, running to fifty-four chapters and describing the court life of Heian Japan, from the tenth century into the eleventh.
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Book Description Tuttle Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. [Paperback ed.]. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0804832560
Book Description Tuttle Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0804832560
Book Description Tuttle Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110804832560