The Diary of Lady Murasaki

The Diary of Lady Murasaki


Translator: Richard Bowring

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140435764
  • 144 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace – the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor’s consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki’s fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology – her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.

Table of Contents

Preface
A Note on Japanese Names and Dates
Introduction
Cultural background
The author
The diary
THE DIARY OF LADY MURASAKIAppendix I: Ground-plans and Map
Appendix II: Additional Sources
A Guide to Further Reading
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