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Book Subject Tag: Social life and customs, to 1600

  • The tale of Genji

    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…

  • The tale of Genji

    In the eleventh century Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, wrote the world’s first novel. But The Tale of Genji is no mere artifact. It is, rather, a lively and astonishingly nuanced portrait of a refined society where every dalliance is an act of political consequence, a play of characters whose…

  • The tale of Genji

    Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the worlds 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…

  • The tale of Genji : abridged

    A portrait of Genji, the Shining Prince, son of an emperor. It features on his tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes

  • The tale of Genji

    Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel and after more than a millennium, this seminal work about the life and loves of Prince Genji, master poet, dancer, musician and painter, continues to enchant readers throughout the world.