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.
About The Author
Lady Murasaki Shikibu, born in the year 978, was a member of the famed Fujiwara clan—one of the most influential families of the Heian period. Her literary ability quickly won her a place in the entourage of the Empress Akiko. After the death of her husband, Murasaki Shikibu immersed herself in Buddhism, and the religion's influences permeate her writing.
Arthur Waley (1889-1966) taught himself Chinese and Japanese after being appointed Assistant Keeper of Oriental Prints and Manuscripts at the British Museum. He went on to become renowned as one of the most respected translators of Asian classics into English of his time. His translated works include The Noh Plays of Japan and Monkey.
"[The Tale of Genji is] not only the world's first real novel, but one of its greatest." -Donald Keene, Columbia University "Edward Seidensticker's translation has the ring of authority." -New York Times Book Review "A triumph of authenticity and readability." -Washington Post Book World
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 1216
Published: 26th November 2002
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 16.0 x 5.6
Weight (kg): 1.45
Edition Number: 1