The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji

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This is the prose masterpiece of the Heian era of the 10th and 11th centuries, which is recognized as a great period in Japanese literature. It is an account of the intricate, exquisite, highly ordered court culture which made such a masterpiece more

Product details

  • Hardback | 1184 pages
  • 134 x 208 x 56mm | 1,079.54g
  • Everyman
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1857151089
  • 9781857151084
  • 113,024

Review quote

""The Tale of Genji", as translated by Arthur Waley, is written with an almost miraculous naturalness, and what interests us is not the exoticism--the horrible word--but rather the human passions of the novel. Such interest is just: Murasaki's work is what one would quite precisely call a psychological novel. I dare to recommend this book to those who read me."--Jorge Luis Borges, "The Total Library"show more

Review Text

More complete than Arthur Waley's classic translation, despite fewer words. One chapter (38, "The Bell Cricket") and many shorter passages cut by Waley are back in, while all of Waley's embellishments, explanations, clarifications, and attempts to make Lady Murasaki's "novel" more familiar, are out. The result is sometimes drier, even awkwardly vague at some transitional points, but in other instances more lucid, beautifully understated, and definitely closer to the spare style of the original period Japanese. And this makes Seidenstricker's version not only superior today but the one future stylists will work from for any improvements. (Kirkus Reviews)show more
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