The Diary of Lady Murasaki By Murasaki Shikibu

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The Diary of Lady Murasaki By (author) Murasaki Shikibu ISBN:9780140435764

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The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace – the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor’s consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki’s fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology – her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.

The Diary of Lady Murasaki By (author) Murasaki Shikibu ISBN:9780140435764

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Weight 112 g
Dimensions 8 × 129 × 198 mm
About the Author

<p>Lady Murasaki lived in Japan at the end of the ninth century. She was the author of <i>The Tale of the Genji</i>, which has been hailed as the first novel.</p><br /><p>Richard Bowring has also translated <i>The Tale of the Genji</i> and is editor of the <i>Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan</i>.</p>

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