The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji

Paperback Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions

By (author) Murasaki Shikibu, Translated by Royall Tyler

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 1216 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 230mm x 56mm | 1,501g
  • Publication date: 24 April 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014243714X
  • ISBN 13: 9780142437148
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 32,854

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This is the first complete new translation for 25 years of the acknowledged masterpiece of Japanese literature. Lady Murasaki's great 11th century novel is a beautifully crafted story of love, betrayal and death at the Imperial Court. At the core of this epic is Prince Genji, the son of an emperor, whose passionate character, love affairs and shifting political fortunes, offer an exquisite glimpse of the golden age of Japan. Royal Tyler's superb new translation is scrupulously true to the Japanese original but appeals immediately to the modern reader. This edition also includes notes, glossaries, character lists and a chronology to enable the reader to appreciate the richness of this classic of world literature.

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Murasaki Shikibu (c. 970-1015) was a member of one of the most powerful dynasties in Japan and the author of a diary which reveals much about court life in Japan. Royall Tyler taught Japanese religion and literature at the Australian National University and has published widely on Japanese literature. He translated Japanese No Dramas for Penguin Classics.

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["The Tale of Genji" is] not only the world s first real novel, but one of its greatest. Donald Keene, Columbia University Edward Seidensticker s translation has the ring of authority. "New York Times Book Review " A triumph of authenticity and readability. "Washington Post Book World ""

Table of contents

The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu Translated by Royall TylerAcknowledgments List of Maps and Diagrams Introduction 1. The Paulownia Pavilion (Kiritsubo) 2. The Broom Tree (Hahakigi) 3. The Cicada Shell (Utsusemi) 4. The Twilight Beauty (Yugao) 5. Young Murasaki (Wakamurasaki) 6. The Safflower (Suetsumuhana) 7. Beneath the Autumn Leaves (Momiji no Ga) 8. Under the Cherry Blossoms (Hana no En) 9. Heart-to-Heart (Aoi) 10. The Green Branch (Sakaki) 11. Falling Flowers (Hanachirusato) 12. Suma (Suma) 13. Akashi (Akashi) 14. The Pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi (Miotsukushi) 15. A Waste of Weeds (Yomogiu) 16. At the Pass (Sekiya) 17. The Picture Contest (Eawase) 18. Wind in the Pines (Matsukaze) 19. Wisps of Cloud (Usugumo) 20. The Bluebell (Asagao) 21. The Maidens (Otome) 22. The Tendril Wreath (Tamakazura) 23. The Warbler's First Song (Hatsune) 24. Butterflies (Kocho) 25. The Fireflies (Hotaru) 26. The Pink (Tokonatsu) 27. The Cressets (Kagaribi) 28. The Typhoon (Nowaki) 29. The Imperial Progress (Miyuki) 30. Thoroughwort Flowers (Fujibakama) 31. The Handsome Pillar (Makibashira) 32. The Plum Tree Branch (Umegae) 33. New Wisteria Leaves (Fuji no Uraba) 34. Spring Shoots I (Wakana 1) 35. Spring Shoots II (Wakana 2) 36. The Oak Tree (Kashiwagi) 37. The Flute (Yokobue) 38. The Bell Cricket (Suzumushi) 39. Evening Mist (Yugiri) 40. The Law (Minori) 41. The Seer (Maboroshi) Vanished into the Clouds (Kumogakure) 42. The Perfumed Prince (Niou Miya) 43. Red Plum Blossoms (Kobai) 44. Bamboo River (Takekawa) 45. The Maiden of the Bridge (Hashihime) 46. Beneath the Oak (Shiigamoto) 47. Trefoil Knots (Agemaki) 48. Bracken Shoots (Sawarabi) 49. The Ivy (Yadorigi) 50. The Eastern Cottage (Azumaya) 51. A Drifting Boat (Ukifune) 52. The Mayfly (Kagero) 53. Writing Practice (Tenarai) 54. The Floating Bridge of Dreams (Yume no Ukihashi) Chronology General Glossary Clothing and Color Offices and Titles Summary of Poetic Allusions Identified in the Notes Characters in The Tale of Genji Further Reading