Genji monogatari


Genji monogatari


Murasaki Shikibu, b. 978?


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Fiction -- Japan -- 11th century
Novels -- Japan -- 11th century

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Genji monogatari / [Murasaki Shikibu] ; Kochu. Yaku Abe Akio, Akiyama Ken, Imai Gen'e Murasaki Shikibu, b. 978? Abe, Akio, 1910-; Akiyama, Ken, 1924-; Imai, Gen'e, 1919- 6 v. : ill. ; 23 cm. Shogakkan, Showa 45-51 Tokyo: c1970 (1987 printing) : Bungei bunko. Nihon koten bungaku ; 12-17


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An epic novel concerning the life and intrigues of the fictitional Prince Genji, who is the son of the emperor and Kiritsubo, his concubine. The Tale is generally regarded as an accurate portrayal of aristocratic life in the middle of the Heian period (794-1195 A.D.)

Deposited along with an English translation of the text (Text 2245 in the Archive)

Improved version of Text 1385 in which errors have been identified and ammended

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