The Tale of Genji

Author(s): Murasaki Shikibu


This is 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 exquisite glimpse of the golden age of Japan. Royal Tyler's superb new translation is scrupulously true to the Japanese original but appeals immediately 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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Winner of Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize from Columbia University 2002.

Murasaki Shikibu (c. 970-1015) was a member of one of the most powerful dynasties in Japan and the author of a diary which reveals much about court life in Japan. Royall Tyler taught Japanese religion and literature at the Australian National University and has published widely on Japanese literature. He translated Japanese No Dramas for Penguin Classics.

General Fields

  • : 9780142437148
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 1.502
  • : February 2003
  • : 231mm X 163mm X 52mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Murasaki Shikibu
  • : Paperback
  • : Deluxe
  • : en
  • : 895.631
  • : good to very good
  • : 1216
  • : illustrations