The Tale of Genji

Lady Shikibu Murasaki

A lady of the Japanese imperial court, Lady Murasaki found in that court and its life the subject for a delicate and detailed study of the essential movements of the human heart, always colored or rendered ambiguous by the conventions and forms of the elegant and decadent society she pictures. Readers are reminded of Saint-Simon’s memoirs of the court of Louis XIV and of Marcel Proust’s great novel, which Lady Murasaki’s six-part work resembles both in its great scope and in its awareness of the nuances of human relationships and of their transformations in time.

status Copy #1 (7799): in
genre Literature and Fiction » Ancient Classics
publisher Dover Publications
publish date 2000
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