The Tale of the Genji
, written in the 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu, a court lady, is Japan's oldest novel and one of the first novels in world literature.
The novel describes life in the Japanese imperial court, its etiquette and intrigues, and, above all, the central character of Prince Genji who is the perfect gentleman in looks and deed. Genji's relations, love affairs, and transition from youth to middle age are all captured by Murasaki's brilliant writing
which combines romanticism and realism in equal measure to capture a timeless treatment of human relations and the general impermanence of all things.
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