The Tale of Genji
by Murasaki Shikibu and Royall Tyler and Royall Tyler


Overview - The original novel--a classic of Japanese and world literature and a stunningly beautiful story

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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
The original novel--a classic of Japanese and world literature and a stunningly beautiful story

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. This edition also includes detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780143039495
  • ISBN-10: 0143039490
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: February 2006
  • Page Count: 319
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.76 x 5.2 x 0.63 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.54 pounds

Series: Penguin Classics

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