The Tale of Genji: A Novel in Six Parts,

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Textbook Publishers, 2003 - 1135 pages

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Beautiful book gave as gift not sure if this is the best translation because I was looking for the Arthur Waylan version but I am satisfied. I also gave the book of paintings depicting scenes from The Tale of Genji to go along with it breathtakingly beautiful pictures!. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Little is known of Murasaki Shikibu's life beyond what she tells in her diary. Even the name by which she is known is a sobriquet. Among her ancestors were men of literary talent. She married and had a daughter but was widowed in 1001. In that same decade, she entered the service of an empress. Her literary reputation may have been a factor in her appointment, and she must have had substantial patronage, because the paper needed for writing a novel was rare and expensive. Her Tale of Genji (c.1000) is generally considered the greatest work in Japanese literature. Love would appear to be the main subject, but, in fact, the author probes human frailty, the evanescence of things, and spiritual concerns. Nothing is known of Lady Murasaki's life after 1013.

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