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The tale of Genji

Translated by Royall Tyler

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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 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.

japanese title: Genji monogatari
notes: Japanese title: Genji monogatari.
subjects: Intellectual life
Social life and customs, to 1600
genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780670030200
OCLC number: 750026827
publisher: Penguin Books, 2001, 2002, 2003
publication place: New York
english publication date: 2001
document type: Book
description: xxix, [3], 1182 s. : il. ; 24 cm.