ISBN 9780142437148,The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji



Penguin Books India

Publication Year 2002

ISBN 9780142437148

ISBN-10 014243714X


Number of Pages 1216 Pages
Language (English)


The majestic new translation that reveals the timeless beauty of an ancient epic 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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