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Lady Murasaki lived in Japan at the end of the ninth century. She was the author of The Tale of the Genji, which has been hailed as the first novel. Richard Bowring has also translated The Tale of the Genji and is editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan.
Lady Murasaki's diary is a treasure. If you
re interested in the life and culture of a heike noble, read this.
Must reading for insights into Murasaki Shikibu author of Japanese classic, "Tales of Genji". Good introductory comments.Published 10 months ago by carmelareads
Few people realize that the first novel was written by a Japanese woman before Beowulf was written. Japanese women of the 9th century before the Shogun era had more freedom and... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Siobhan
Great insight in court life in the 10th-11th century Japan. The introduction really was helpful. Somehow the characters come to life thru her keen observations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by steven shadbolt
I guess it's a different take on the whole Heian era author of Genji. Interesting is all I can say.Published on April 8, 2013 by Jeff I.
The Diary of Lady Murasaki is a very fine read, even by today's standards. Sadly short due to age, it still offers an amazing insight into court life of the time. Read morePublished on May 10, 2007 by J. Muije