The tale of Genji

ISBN: 0670030201, 9780670030200, 014243714X, 9780142437148
OCLC Number: 750026827
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
Author: Murasaki Shikibu
Translator: Royall Tyler
Editor: Royall Tyler
Language: en
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2001, 2002, 2003
Publication Place: New York
English Publication Date: 2001
Notes: Japanese title: Genji monogatari.
Abstract: Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the worlds 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.