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The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe…

The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (edition 2002)

by Murasaki Shikibu, Royall Tyler (Translator)

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Title:The Tale of Genji: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
Authors:Murasaki Shikibu
Other authors:Royall Tyler (Translator)
Info:Penguin Classics (2002), Paperback, 1216 pages
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The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu


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Bought in 1956-58
  trexm5qp7 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Cesellato, questa è la parola che immediatamente mi viene in mente per descrivere il libro, certo c'è una storia, ma in realtà è come passeggiare in una galleria di immagini e dipinti.
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  Edoxide | Apr 6, 2016 |
Thought to be the first novel ever written, this book is still vibrant. Blending the sounds and sights of seasonal change with the goings on in the Heian court, it succeeds in portraying a world and its context. Don't expect too much to happen - hey, it's about court life in the 11th century after all - but it's about a real world...[in progress] ( )
1 vote dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
An 11th C. Japanese saga of love & life in the Imperial family. Arguably the world's first novel. Fabulous.
Read Samoa June 2003 ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 28, 2015 |
The world’s first novel. Kogimi, an attractive 12/13-year-old, catches the eye of 18-year-old Genji who grooms the boy as his son, dressing him in his own clothes and taking him to court. Genji uses Kogimi as a go-between to take love letters to his older sister Utsusemi. Genji’s then takes Kogimi to bed with him when Kogimi’s sister resists his advances. ( )
  TonySandel2 | Mar 20, 2014 |
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The main thing required of a noble gentleman in Heian Japan was a sense of style. Seducing another man’s wife could be forgiven; a bad poem, clumsy handwriting, or the wrong perfume could not.
added by Jozefus | editThe New Yorker, Ian Buruma (Jul 15, 2016)
Het verhaal van Genji is dé klassieke roman uit de Japanse literaire historie. Het boek werd in de elfde eeuw geschreven door Murasaki Shikibu, pseudoniem van een hofdame in de keizerlijke hoofdstad Heian-kyo (Kyoto). Het torent al duizend jaar als de berg Fuji uit boven het literaire landschap van Japan.
added by Jozefus | editNRC Handelsblad, Auke Hulst (pay site) (Nov 15, 2013)

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Shikibu, Murasakiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Соколова-Д… Татьяна Львовнапер.main authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buckley, PaulCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seidensticker, Edward G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tyler, RoyallTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waley, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In a certain reign (whose can it have been?) someone of no very great rank, among all His Magesty's Consorts and Intimates, enjoyed exceptional favor.
In a certain reign there was a lady not of the first rank whom the emperor loved more than any of the others.
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There are reportedly three basic translations of "The Tale of Genji" into English. Arthur Waley produced a six part translation between 1925 and 1933. Edward Seidensticker produced the second English version in 1976, described as "doggedly faithful" to the original. The most recent translation into English is Royall Tyler's, published in 2001.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014243714X, Paperback)

Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s 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.

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The Tale of Genji is one of the world's earliest novels, written in the 11th century. The novel's plot centers on the romantic relationships of the noble hero Genji.

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