Genji Monogatari

Genji Monogatari


(The Tale of Prince Genji), a Japanese novel from the end of the tenth or beginning of the 11th century, by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady at the court. It consists of 64 chapters. The work is considered the peak of aristocratic court literature of the ninth to 12th centuries in Japan. Based on its content it can be divided into three parts: in the first, Genji’s youth and love affairs are described; the second deals with his mature years, his exile, return to the capital, the years of his glory, and his death; the third part is devoted to the life of Genji’s adopted son Prince Kaoru. The general idea of the novel is Buddhist karma (retribution). The image of the hero is idealized, but the other characters and the setting are described in a lively and realistic fashion. The novel influenced the development of Japanese literature; adaptations and imitations of Genji Monogatari appeared all the way up to the 19th century, and individual motifs were used in dramas.


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The Tale of Genji. New York, 1923. (Translated from Japanese by A. Waley.)


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The later versions of the 12th century, created on long rolls of paper, follow the drama of the original story and are illustrated with scroll paintings in the style of the Yamato School, and are known by the name of Genji Monogatari Emaki of Illustrated Scrolls of the Tale of Genji.
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As is well known, the first truly great example of that kind of writing is not a novel but the monogatari by Murasaki Shikibu, the Genji Monogatari (the English translators' Tale of Genji).
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In the twelfth-century Genji Monogatari Emaki scrolls, which illustrate Murasaki's novel, the hats are prominent as black shapes.