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Author: Murasaki Shikibu
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101097396
Size: 12.14 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 352
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Book Description: An abridged edition of the world’s first novel, in a translation that is “likely to be the definitive edition . . . for many years to come” (The Wall Street Journal) The inspiration behind The Metropolitan Museum of Art's "The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated" -- Now through June 16 at The Met Fifth Avenue A Penguin Classic Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel—and is certainly one of its finest. 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. In this deftly abridged edition, Tyler focuses on the early chapters, which vividly evoke Genji as a young man and leave him at his first moment of triumph. This edition also includes detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies.


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Author: Books LLC
Publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series
ISBN: 9781155293509
Size: 62.75 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Languages : en
Pages : 94
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Book Description: Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 23. Chapters: Murasaki Shikibu, List of The Tale of Genji characters, Genji Monogatari Emaki, Hikaru Genji, The Murasaki Shikibu Diary, Genji Monogatari Sennenki, Aoi no Ue, Lady Fujitsubo, Suetsumuhana, Sugawara no Takasue no musume, Ukifune, Kaoru Genji, Sennen no Koi Story of Genji, Kiritsubo Consort, Lady Rokujo. Excerpt: The Tale of Genji Genji Monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature attributed to the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic. While universally considered a masterpiece, its precise classification and influence in both Western and Eastern Canon has been a matter of debate (see Stature below). The first partial translation of Genji Monogatari into English was by Suematsu Kench . A free translation of all but one chapter was produced by Arthur Waley. Edward Seidensticker made the first complete translation into English, using a more literal method than Waley. The most recent English translation, by Royall Tyler (2001), also tries to be faithful to the original text. The Genji was written chapter by chapter in installments, as Murasaki delivered the tale to women of the aristocracy (the yokibito). It has many elements found in a modern novel: a central character and a very large number of major and minor characters, well-developed characterization of all the major players, a sequence of events happening over a period of time covering the central character's lifetime and beyond. The work does not make use of a plot; instead, much as in real life, events just happen and characters evolve simply by growing older. One remarkable feature of the Genji, and of Murasaki's skill, is its internal con...


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ISBN: 9780714114965
Size: 41.73 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Painting, Japanese
Languages : en
Pages : 136
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Book Description: Unquestionably one of the world's greatest literary masterpieces and the finest achievement of classical Japanese prose narrative, the Tale of Genji has provided endless inspiration for Japanese painters through the centuries. Widely held to be the first novel, its story of the amorous adventures of the 'shining prince' Genji and of the elaborate and highly ordered court culture of the Heian era was written by Murasaki Shikibu shortly after AD 1000. Presented here is one of the most exquisite, complete and beautifully preserved sets of illustrations of the tale. The 54 images - each illustrating one chapter - date from the mid-17th century and were executed by an artist trained in the traditional Tosa school of painting. Their small dimensions and lyrical colours call to mind the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe. Roofs are entirely removed from houses to reveal small, doll-like figures within. Delicate flowers and plants suggest the seasons of the year. Surrounded by gilded clouds, these graceful paintings shimmer with uncommon beauty and delicacy. Miyeko Murase's introduction examines the paintings in detail, while a commentary opposite each image describes the scene dep


Murasaki Shikibu The Tale Of Genji

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Author: Richard Bowring
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521539753
Size: 19.80 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 106
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Book Description: Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji, written in Japan in the early eleventh century, is acknowledged to be one of Japan's greatest literary achievements, and sometimes thought of as the world's first novel. It is also one of the earliest major works to be written by a woman. This introduction to the Genji sketches the cultural background, offers detailed analysis of the text, discusses matters of language and style and ends by tracing the history of its reception through nine centuries of cultural change. This book will be useful for survey courses in Japanese and World Literature. Because The Tale of Genji is so long, it is often not possible for students to read it in its entirety and this book will therefore be used not only as an introduction, but also as a guide through the difficult and convoluted plot.


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Author: Melissa McCormick
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691172684
Size: 18.61 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Art
Languages : en
Pages : 288
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Book Description: An illustrated guide to one of the most enduring masterworks of world literature Written in the eleventh century by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece of prose and poetry that is widely considered the world’s first novel. Melissa McCormick provides a unique companion to Murasaki’s tale that combines discussions of all fifty-four of its chapters with paintings and calligraphy from the Genji Album (1510) in the Harvard Art Museums, the oldest dated set of Genji illustrations known to exist. In this book, the album’s colorful painting and calligraphy leaves are fully reproduced for the first time, followed by McCormick’s insightful essays that analyze the Genji story and the album’s unique combinations of word and image. This stunning compendium also includes English translations and Japanese transcriptions of the album’s calligraphy, enabling a holistic experience of the work for readers today. In an introduction to the volume, McCormick tells the fascinating stories of the individuals who created the Genji Album in the sixteenth century, from the famous court painter who executed the paintings and the aristocrats who brushed the calligraphy to the work’s warrior patrons and the poet-scholars who acted as their intermediaries. Beautifully illustrated, this book serves as an invaluable guide for readers interested in The Tale of Genji, Japanese literature, and the captivating visual world of Japan’s most celebrated work of fiction.


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Author: Shikibu Murasaki
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307833526
Size: 64.77 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 384
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Book Description: 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.


The Tale Of Genji Dreams At Dawn 1

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Author: Waki Yamato
Publisher: Kodansha America LLC
ISBN: 1642126659
Size: 72.29 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Comics & Graphic Novels
Languages : en
Pages : 266
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Book Description: First published in the 1980s and 90s, Waki Yamato’s renowned adaptation of Murasaki Shikibu’s 11th-century literary masterpiece is still gorgeous to behold and is considered one of the greatest novel-to-manga adaptations of all time. Prince Genji falls in love with his stepmother, and so begins a forbidden love that will make him suffer his whole life. Genji's love story involves him falling for many women and begins with his love for Princess Fujitsubo—his father's wife, and his stepmother. And Genji will cross that line which he should never cross.


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Author: Murasaki Shikibu
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462900046
Size: 43.42 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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Book Description: The most famous work of Japanese literature and the world's first novel—written a thousand years ago and one of the enduring classics of world literature. Written centuries before the time of Shakespeare and even Chaucer, The Tale of Genji marks the birth of the novel—and after more than a millennium, this seminal work continues to enchant readers throughout the world. Lady Murasaki Shikibu and her tale's hero, Prince Genji, have had an unmatched influence on Japanese culture. Prince Genji manifests what was to become an image of the ideal Heian era courtier; gentle and passionate. Genji is also a master poet, dancer, musician and painter. The Tale of Genji follows Prince Genji through his many loves and varied passions. This book has influenced not only generations of courtiers and samurai of the distant past, but artists and painters even in modern times—episodes in the tale have been incorporated into the design of kimonos and handicrafts, and the four-line poems called waka which dance throughout this work have earned it a place as a classic text in the study of poetry. This version by Kencho Suematsu was the first-ever translation in English. Condensed, it's a quarter length of the unabridged text, making it perfect for readers with limited time. "Not speaking is the wiser part, And words are sometimes vain, But to completely close the heart In silence, gives me pain." —Prince Genji, in The Tale of Genji


The Tale Of Genji By Murasaki Shikibu

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Author: William J. Puette
Publisher: Tuttle Pub
ISBN:
Size: 23.51 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 196
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Book Description: This is the most complete reader's guide available on Japan's highly revered novel, the eleventh-century classic, The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu, referred to by Nobel laureate Yasunari Kawabata as "the highest pinnacle of Japanese literature." Written specifically to accompany the translations of the work by Arthur Waley and Edward G. Seidensticker, the guide offers detailed summaries and thematic commentaries, as well as cross-referenced notes on the novel's many characters. It also charts the essential progress of The Tale of Genji and introduces the reader to the more subtle complexities, literary devices, and conventions of Lady Murasaki's Heian Japan. Book jacket.