The first complete new translation for 25 years of the acknowledged masterpiece of Japanese literature. Lady Murasaki's great 11th century novel is a beautifully crafted story of love, betrayal and death at the Imperial Court. At the core of this epic is Prince Genji, the son of an emperor, whose passionate character, love affairs and shifting political fortunes, offer an equisite glimpse of the golden age of Japan. Royal Tyler's superb new translation is scrupulously true to the Japanese original but appeals immeadiately to the modern reader. This edition also includes notes, glossaries, character lists and a chronology to enable the reader to appreciate the richness of this classic of world literature.
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A sublime, delicate historical Japanese novel, very well worth the effort. Due to the broad spread of characters, rather like War and Peace this is not a book that is easy to leave and come back to.
Not recommended as an introduction to Japanese culture and literature, it is rather a "next step" following perhaps books such as "Musashi" and the works of Lefkadio Hearne.