The Tale of Genji: v. 1 (Mandala books)

3.71 avg rating
( 8,002 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780048230126: The Tale of Genji: v. 1 (Mandala books)

Completed in the early 11th century, The Tale of Genji is considered the supreme masterpiece of Japanese prose literature, and one of the world's earliest novels. A work of great length, it comprises six parts, the first part of which (also called The Tale of Genji) is reprinted here. The exact origins of this remarkable saga of the nobility of Heian Japan remain somewhat obscured by time, although its author, Lady Shikibu Murasaki, presumably derived many of her insights into court life from her years of service with the royal family.
The novel centers on the life and loves of the prince known as "the shining Genji." Far more than an exotic romance, however, the tale presents finely drawn characters in realistic situations, set against a richly embroidered tapestry of court life. Moreover, a wistful sense of nostalgia pervades the accounts of courtly intrigues and rivalries, resulting in an exquisitely detailed portrayal of a decaying aristocracy.
Vibrant in its poetry and wordplay, subtle in its social and psychological observations, this work ranks in stature and significance with such Western classics as Cervantes' Don Quixote and Proust's Remembrance of Things Past. This inexpensive edition, featuring Arthur Waley's splendid translation of the first of the six-part series, offers readers a memorable taste of one of the world's first and greatest novels.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap:

The Tale of Genji was written in the eleventh century by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady of the Heian court. It is universally recognized as the greatest masterpiece of Japanese prose narrative, perhaps the earliest true novel in the history of the world. Until now there has been no translation that is both complete and scrupulously faithful to the original text. Edward G. Seidensticker's masterly rendering was first published in two volumes in 1976 and immediately hailed as a classic of the translator's art. It is here presented in one unabridged volume, illustrated throughout by woodcuts taken from a 1650 Japanese edition of The Tale of Genji.

From the Back Cover:

The Tale of Genji is a very long romance, running to fifty-four chapters and describing the court life of Heian Japan, from the tenth century into the eleventh.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Murasaki, Lady
ISBN 10: 004823012X ISBN 13: 9780048230126
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003142673

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
1.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Murasaki Shikibu
ISBN 10: 004823012X ISBN 13: 9780048230126
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
livre au tresor
(La bazoche gouet, France)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # FR26418

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
5.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.13
From France to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Shikibu, Murasaki; Murasaki, Lady
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1973)
ISBN 10: 004823012X ISBN 13: 9780048230126
Used Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1973. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. 004823012X. Bookseller Inventory # 166013

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3.90
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.31
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Shikibu, Murasaki; Murasaki, Lady
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
ISBN 10: 004823012X ISBN 13: 9780048230126
Used PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Buckle's Books
(Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Good. 004823012X Paperback. Wear to covers with stain to front, tanning to page edges. No damage to text. Good condition. Bookseller Inventory # M10E50023

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 7.01
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Murasaki Shikibu, Murasaki, Lady
ISBN 10: 004823012X ISBN 13: 9780048230126
Used Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
medimops
(Berlin, Germany)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: good. 503 Gramm. Bookseller Inventory # M0004823012X-G

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
5.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.36
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Lady Murasaki
Published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London (1973)
ISBN 10: 004823012X ISBN 13: 9780048230126
Used Soft Cover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books@Ruawai
(Kaipara District, New Zealand)
Rating
[?]

Book Description George Allen & Unwin Ltd., London, 1973. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fair to Worn. Fifth Impression. Part IV. Blue Trousers; Part V. The Lady of the Boat; Part VI. The Bridge of Dreams.Translated by Arthur Waley. Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Bookseller Inventory # 040597

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
2.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 18.58
From New Zealand to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds