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Tale of Genji

Tale of Genji - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142437148

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ISBN13: 978-0142437148
ISBN10: 014243714X
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Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 2003
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Tale of Genji - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142437148

Murasaki Shikibu and Royall Translator Tyler

ISBN13: 978-0142437148
ISBN10: 014243714X
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world's first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He 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 superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. Supplemented with detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies to help the reader navigate the multigenerational narrative, this comprehensive edition presents this ancient tale in the grand style that it deserves.

Translated by Royall Tyler

Author Bio

Shikibu, Murasaki :

Murasaki Shikibu was a lady in the Heian court of eleventh-century Japan.


Tyler, Royall :

Royall Tyler, an American, taught Japanese language and literature for many years at Australia National University. He has a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has also taught at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oslo, Norway. He lives in Canberra, Australia.

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