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The Tale of Murasaki a Novel

by Liza Dalby

  • ISBN: 9780385497954
  • ISBN10: 0385497954

The Tale of Murasaki a Novel

by Liza Dalby

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Publish date: 08/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780385497954
  • ISBN10: 0385497954
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Description: A fictional account of the life of Lady Murasaki, author of The Tale of Genji, the world's first novel, "The Tale of Murasaki" brings an elaborate past world to life in a beautiful work of literary archaeology.

The sensitive and modest daughter of a mid-ranking court poet, Murasaki Shikibu staves off loneliness with her active imagination, telling stories about the dashing Prince Genji to her close friends. When Prince Genji's amorous adventures are leaked to the public, Murasaki is thrust into the life of a kind of eleventh-century Japanese celebrity. She accepts a position at court regaling the empress with her stories and becomes caught in a vortex of high politics and sexual intrigue, which begins to reflect itself in her stories. In this way she comes to write her masterpiece, The Tale of Genji. At once an elegantly plotted historical novel and a glimpse at the fashions, sensibilities, manners, and preoccupations of eleventh-century Japan, "The Tale of Murasaki" transports readers to an exotic world and time and wraps them in a story that speaks clearly across the centuries.

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