The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji

“A fluid, stylish rendition.” ―Washington Post

Murasaki Shikibu, born into the center ranks of the aristocracy in the course of the Heian interval (794–1185 CE), wrote The story of Genji―widely thought of the world’s first novel―during the early years of the 11th century. Expansive, compelling, and complex in its illustration of moral matters and aesthetic beliefs, Murasaki’s story got here to occupy a important position in Japan’s extraordinary heritage of creative success and is now well-known as a masterpiece of global literature.

The story of Genji is gifted right here in a flowing new translation for modern readers, who will realize in its depiction of the tradition of the imperial courtroom the wealthy complexity of human adventure that concurrently resonates with and demanding situations their very own. Washburn units off inside monologues with italics for fluid examining, embeds a few annotations for accessibility and readability, and renders the poetry into triplets to create prosodic analogues of the original.

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