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[Genji monogatari / The tale of Genji] Die Geschichte vom Prinzen Genji by Murasaki Shikibu; trans. by Herberth E Herlitschka - First Thus - 1954 - from Uncommon Works, IOBA (SKU: 908)

[Genji monogatari / The tale of Genji] Die Geschichte vom Prinzen Genji

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[Genji monogatari / The tale of Genji] Die Geschichte vom Prinzen Genji

by Murasaki Shikibu; trans. by Herberth E Herlitschka

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[Wiesbaden]: Insel-Verlag, 1954. First Thus. Pictorial boards. Fine/near fine. A fine two-volume set of the German translation in near fine dust wrappers. First thus in this translation. Text in german. Green pictorial boards with a ribbon marker in both volumes.Volume I dust wrapper shows a small hole on front, both dust wrappers have label residue on lower spine. .A lovely set. 591 pp. total, duodecimo. The Tale of Genji ( Genji monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature written by the noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century. The original manuscript no longer exists. It was made in "concertina" or "orihon" style: several sheets of paper pasted together and folded alternately in one direction then the other, around the peak of the Heian period. The work is a unique depiction of the lifestyles of high courtiers during the Heian period, written in archaic language and a poetic and confusing style that make it unreadable to the average Japanese without dedicated study. It was not until the early 20th century that Genji was translated into modern Japanese, by the poet Akiko Yosano. The first English translation was attempted in 1882, but was of poor quality and incomplete. The work recounts the life of Hikaru Genji, or "Shining Genji", the son of an ancient Japanese emperor, known to readers as Emperor Kiritsubo, and a low-ranking concubine called Kiritsubo Consort. For political reasons, the emperor removes Genji from the line of succession, demoting him to a commoner by giving him the surname Minamoto, and he pursues a career as an imperial officer. The tale concentrates on Genji's romantic life and describes the customs of the aristocratic society of the time. It is sometimes called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, the first psychological novel or the first novel still to be considered a classic. While regarded as a masterpiece, its precise classification and influence in both the Western and Eastern canons has been a matter of debate.

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Bookseller
Uncommon Works, IOBA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
908
Title
[Genji monogatari / The tale of Genji] Die Geschichte vom Prinzen Genji
Author
Murasaki Shikibu; trans. by Herberth E Herlitschka
Format/binding
Pictorial boards
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
near fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Thus
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Insel-Verlag
Place of Publication
[Wiesbaden]
Date published
1954
Bookseller catalogs
Literature & Classics;

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