|Tale of Murasaki, the (2000) [Novel]|
by Liza Dalby
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The most famous work of Japanese literature is the eleventh-century Tale of Genji
by a woman of the imperial court. Out of the life and work of Murasaki Shikibu, arguably the worldís first novelist, Liza Dalby has woven a delicate and irresistible fiction. She evokes Murasakiís close family, the men and women she loved, the vortex of high politics she was drawn into at court, the way in which Murasaki came to write her masterpiece, and above all the relationship to her own fictional creation, the Shining Prince Genji. Piecing together existing fragments of diary and poems, Dalby frames Murasakiís words and images in a gorgeous work of literary archaeology, where the subtle reconstruction blends with eleventh-century sensibilities, manners, fashions and preoccupations, and includes the imaginary lost final chapter of Murasakiís magnum opus.The result is a vivid portrait of the woman and the times that were the most splendid in Japanese history.
Original title: The Tale of Murasaki
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Asia→ Japan