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Murasaki Shikibu (973–1014)

Forfatter af The Tale of Genji

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Little is known of Murasaki Shikibu's life beyond what she tells in her diary. Even the name by which she is known is a sobriquet. Among her ancestors were men of literary talent. She married and had a daughter but was widowed in 1001. In that same decade, she entered the service of an empress. Her vis mere literary reputation may have been a factor in her appointment, and she must have had substantial patronage, because the paper needed for writing a novel was rare and expensive. Her Tale of Genji (c.1000) is generally considered the greatest work in Japanese literature. Love would appear to be the main subject, but, in fact, the author probes human frailty, the evanescence of things, and spiritual concerns. Nothing is known of Lady Murasaki's life after 1013. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af Murasaki Shikibu

The Tale of Genji (2015) — Forfatter — 5,456 eksemplarer
The Diary of Lady Murasaki (1008) 468 eksemplarer
The Tale of Genji [part 1] (1961) 209 eksemplarer
The Tale of Genji, Vol. I (1022) 169 eksemplarer
The tale of Genji : abridged (2014) 127 eksemplarer
The Tale of Genji, Vol. II (1022) 90 eksemplarer
The Sacred Tree (1926) 25 eksemplarer
The Tale of Genji (Part I) (1955) 12 eksemplarer
GENJIN TARINA 4 : LUUMUPUUN OKSA (1990) 12 eksemplarer
The Illustrated Tale of Genji (1989) 8 eksemplarer
Het verhaal van Genji I (2020) 7 eksemplarer
O Romance do Genji – Tomo 1 (2008) 7 eksemplarer
A Wreath of Cloud 6 eksemplarer
Blue Trousers (1928) 6 eksemplarer
The Bridge of Dreams (1933) 4 eksemplarer
源氏物語 4 eksemplarer
Het verhaal van Genji deel II (2020) 4 eksemplarer
The Lady of the Boat 3 eksemplarer
源氏物語 (第6巻) (2004) 3 eksemplarer
源氏物語(三) (2000) 3 eksemplarer
源氏物語(四) (2000) 3 eksemplarer
源氏物語(二) (2000) 3 eksemplarer
Murasaki Shikibu'nun Günlügü (2015) 3 eksemplarer
源氏物語(一) (2000) 3 eksemplarer
Het verhaal van Genji : deel 3 (2020) 3 eksemplarer
O Romance de Genji (Book 2) (2009) 2 eksemplarer
The Tale of Genji Notecards (2009) 2 eksemplarer
Poèmes (1986) 2 eksemplarer
A la découverte du Dit du Genji (2018) 2 eksemplarer
The Tale of Genji [Illustrated] (2012) 2 eksemplarer
Het verhaal van Genji IV (2021) 2 eksemplarer
Murasaki Shikibu 1 eksemplar
Le Genji monogatari 1 eksemplar
The Tale of Genji (2023) 1 eksemplar
The Tale of Genji, book 1 of 3 (2017) — Forfatter — 1 eksemplar
Yuan shi wu yu (1996) 1 eksemplar

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One Hundred People, One Poem Each (1235) — Bidragyder — 568 eksemplarer
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Bidragyder — 446 eksemplarer
Women Poets of Japan (1977) — Bidragyder — 133 eksemplarer
Lady Murasaki's Tale of Genji: The Manga Edition (2022) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
Tale of Genji (1600) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
The Tale of Genji Symphonic Fantasy (2000) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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The Tale of Genji i Japanese Culture (december 2014)


Read 150 pages or so. Interesting from a historical perspective, but I think one would really have to be into 11th cent Japanese courtly romances to get through it all.
nngrey | 52 andre anmeldelser | Jan 15, 2024 |
This was a wonderful book. If you've been intimidated, don't hesitate to pick up this classic- it was surprisingly approachable (I read the Waley translation). Many thanks to my reading friend for buddy reading with me.
mmcrawford | 52 andre anmeldelser | Dec 5, 2023 |
Murasaki Shikibu, as a woman from tenth century Japan, is not a well-known figure beyond that she created what's known as the world's first novel. That said, her diary, instead of illuminating her, makes her more of an enigma than ever. "Murasaki Shikibu" isn't even her real name but her father's combined with her father's title. Still, what is revealed is an intriguing puzzle of a complex woman.

Muraskai's diary focuses on the other women at court, their dress, and their comings and goings. On the surface, some might think this information is frivolous, but Murasaki is clearly interested in a hierarchy that dictates her standing and her future. She is keenly aware of the fact that she is an older and educated woman and that she is expected to act a certain way, avoid certain behaviors that are deemed too flirtatious, and to avoid wearing too bright clothing, which is seen as more appropriate for younger women. However, when she switches to writing what feels like a letter to a confidante, she reveals a melancholy disposition who is nevertheless loyal to the young Her Majesty and her few friends, whom the editor Bowring insists are JUST friends, even when they compare themselves to mandarin ducks, the symbol of lovers.

The jewel of the book is Murasaki's diary. It's a pity it's so short. The introduction is helpful, but readers should be able to figure out most of what's going on without it. Meanwhile, the Appendices are dry and don't add anything. Overall, an interesting read.
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readerbug2 | 8 andre anmeldelser | Nov 16, 2023 |
While I was reading this book, I constantly forgot how early it was written. The culture described is so highly developed and the style in which the book (can I say novel?) is written, is too. Murasaki is a keen observer of the human mind. 'The Tale of the Genji' has a gentleness that I love. Tip: read it after Beowulf (written in the same time).
Twisk | 52 andre anmeldelser | Oct 2, 2023 |



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