The tale of Genji

ISBN: 0394483286, 9780394483283
OCLC Number: 2541047
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
Author: Murasaki Shikibu
Translator: Edward Seidensticker
Language: en
Publisher: Knopf, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998; Tuttle, 1978; Franklin Library, 1983; Vintage, 1985, 1990
Publication Place: New York; Rutland, VT; Franklin Center, PA; New York
English Publication Date: 1976
Notes: Japanese title: Genji monogatari.
Abstract: 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.