The Tale of Genji
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The Tale of Genji

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The abridged edition of the universally acknowledged masterpiece concerning the love of Prince Genji and life in the imperial court of Kyoto in the eleventh century. Translated by Edward Seidensticker.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 1184 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 53.34mm | 1,088.62g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Everyman's Library USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • abridged edition
  • 0679417389
  • 9780679417385
  • 380,481

Back cover copy

The Tale of Genji is a very long romance, running to fifty-four chapters and describing the court life of Heian Japan, from the tenth century into the eleventh.show more

Flap copy

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 inner lives are as rich and changeable as those imagined by Proust. Chief of these is "the shining Genji," the son of the emperor and a man whose passionate impulses create great turmoil in his world and very nearly destroy him. This edition, recognized as the finest version in English, contains a dozen chapters from early in the book, carefully chosen by the translator, Edward G. Seidensticker, with an introduction explaining the selection. It is illustrated throughout with woodcuts from a seventeenth-century edition. "From the Trade Paperback edition.show more

About Murasaki Shikibu

Murasaki Shikibu, a lady in the Heian court of Japan, is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji-written in the eleventh century and universally recognized as the greatest masterpiece of Japanese prose narrative and possibly the earliest true novel in the history of the world.show more

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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 ""show more

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