The tale of Genji

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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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display_description Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu wrote The Tale of Genji in the 11th century to entertain the other women in the court. It follows the romantic exploits of the title character, an emperor's son, as he navigates life within aristocratic society and eventually outside of it. Praised for its psychological insight into the characters' motivations, the book greatly influenced Japanese culture and is widely considered the world's first novel. In 1882, Suematsu Kencho translated a condensed version of the text into English, allowing this classic tale to reach a wider audience.
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subject_facet Aristocracy (Social class) -- Japan -- Fiction, Courts and courtiers -- Fiction, Japan -- Court and courtiers -- Fiction, Japan -- Social life and customs -- To 1600 -- Fiction, Man-woman relationships -- Fiction, Parables, Princes -- Japan -- Fiction, Romances
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