The Tale of Genji (源氏物語, Genji monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature written . Arthur Waley, who made the first English translation of the whole of The Tale of Genji, believed that the work as we have it was finished. Ivan Morris. “What Waley did create is literary art of extraordinary beauty that brings to life in English the world Murasaki Shikibu imagined. The beauty of his. Indeed, “The Tale of Genji”—now available in a new translation by . The two most famous English translations of “Genji”—Arthur Waley’s.

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Which I choose to read depends on the mood I am in.

I obtained it years ago in what was then the proper manner, by post. But his version is the longest by far at 1, pages,not included 30 pages introduction, and no illustration.

A shower passed on a chilly mountain wind, and the sound of the artjur was higher. The Tale of Genji was written in an archaic court language that was already unreadable a century after it was written.

She gives birth to Genji’s only daughter, who gsnji later become the Empress.

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What do you think of the new translation by Dennis Washburn that was published in ? Tuttle PublishingMar 10, – Fiction – pages. Seidensticker and Tyler wrote good translations. Twitter Reddit Arthu Email Print. The translation was remarkable at its time, but is of only historic interest today.


Nimura New York Times, Some scholars have posited the existence of a chapter between 1 and 2 which is now lost, which would have introduced some characters that as it stands now appear very abruptly.

It seems to continue the story from the previous chapters, but has an unusually abstract chapter title. The novel is traditionally divided in three parts, the first two dealing with the life of Genji, and the last dealing with the early years of two of Genji’s prominent descendants, Niou and Kaoru. Niou is an imperial prince, the son of Genji’s daughter, the current Empress now that Reizei has abdicated the throne, while Kaoru is known to the world as Genji’s son but is in fact fathered by Genji’s nephew.

Genji was unable arthurr sleep.

Opinions vary on whether the ending was the intended ending of the author. Let us arthuf major English translations of The Tale of Genji. A spirited debate archived on the pmjs mailing list of specialists. Thank you very much for an extensive and informative comment! His notes and the extra information at the back on characters, buildings, etc, are also very interesting and well worth reading. I agree with the comment that this could be a lifetime of reading.

Everyone except the two oc believes the father of the child is the Emperor Kiritsubo.

How to Choose English Translation of The Tale of Genji

The work is a unique depiction of the lifestyles of high courtiers during the Heian period, wzley in archaic language and a poetic and confusing style that make it unreadable to the average Japanese without dedicated study.


Thank you for the excerpts.

Lady Murasaki is said to have written the character of Genji based on the Minister on the Left at the time she was at court. I did link that review, but this post goes beyond it. Once again, here is a page of links I taale for students reading the first chapter. Sugii’s film is not a complete version and basically covers the first 12 chapters, while adding in some psychological motivation that is not explicit in the novel.

The Tale of Genji – Wikipedia

The debate over how much of Genji was actually written by Murasaki Shikibu has gone on for centuries and is unlikely to ever be settled unless some major archival discovery is made. Moreover, contributions by the visitors are very useful.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Therefore, translations into modern Japanese and other languages solve these problems by modernizing the language, unfortunately losing some of the meaning, and by giving names to the characters, usually the traditional names used wqley academics. The Tale of Genji.

Seidensticker’s version of is available for research purposes in Oxford Text Archives. The scrolls are so fragile that they normally are not shown in public.