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The Tale of Genji, or Genji Monogatari

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  • Lady Murasaki" redirects here. For the character, see Murasaki no Ue. Japanese woman in multi-layered clothing writing at a desk Depiction of Murasaki Shikibu by Tosa Mitsuoki Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部, 'Lady Murasaki'; c. 973 – c. 1014 or 1025) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court in the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, widely considered to be one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Murasaki Shikibu is a descriptive name; her personal name is unknown, but she may have been Fujiwara no Kaoriko (藤原香子), who was mentioned in a 1007 court diary as an imperial lady-in-waiting.

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“The Tale of Genji” follows the life and romantic adventures of Hikaru Genji, often referred to as Prince Genji, the son of an ancient Japanese emperor. The narrative spans several decades and covers the intricacies of court life, love affairs, politics, and social customs of the Heian period.

The novel is divided into 54 chapters and is written in a poetic and lyrical style, with rich descriptions of nature, human emotions, and the intricacies of relationships. Murasaki Shikibu’s mastery of language and her keen insights into human psychology have earned “The Tale of Genji” acclaim not only in Japan but also worldwide.

Key themes explored in “The Tale of Genji” include love, desire, loss, the passage of time, and the transient nature of life. The novel also provides a vivid depiction of courtly etiquette, rituals, and the social hierarchy of Heian-era Japan.

Despite its age, “The Tale of Genji” remains highly relevant and continues to influence literature, art, and culture both in Japan and beyond. It has been translated into numerous languages and has inspired countless adaptations in various forms of media, including theater, film, manga, and anime.

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  • Lady Murasaki" redirects here. For the character, see Murasaki no Ue. Japanese woman in multi-layered clothing writing at a desk Depiction of Murasaki Shikibu by Tosa Mitsuoki Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部, 'Lady Murasaki'; c. 973 – c. 1014 or 1025) was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court in the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, widely considered to be one of the world's first novels, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012. Murasaki Shikibu is a descriptive name; her personal name is unknown, but she may have been Fujiwara no Kaoriko (藤原香子), who was mentioned in a 1007 court diary as an imperial lady-in-waiting.

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