The Tale of Genji (Vintage International)

ISBN9780679729532
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedJune 16, 1990
Pages368
AuthorShikibu Murasaki
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.0 in.
Width5.1 in.
Depth0.8 in.

The Tale of Genji (Vintage International)

Shikibu Murasaki

PAPERBACK

June 16, 1990

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.

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ISBN9780679729532
PublisherRandom House Inc.
PublishedJune 16, 1990
Pages368
AuthorShikibu Murasaki
FormatPAPERBACK
Weight0.4 Kg.
Height8.0 in.
Width5.1 in.
Depth0.8 in.

Synopsis

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.

Buy The Tale of Genji (Vintage International) by Shikibu Murasaki at Fully Booked online and at Fully Booked branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

"[Seidensticker's] translation has the ring of authority."

– New York Times Book Review