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The Tale of Murasaki

(2000)
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Out of the life and work of Lady Murasaki, the author of, the world's first novel, The Tale of Genji, Liza Dalby has woven an exquisite and irresistible fiction that with rich, nuanced authenticity and lyrical drama, brings an elaborate past world to vivid life.

The sensitive and modest daughter of a mid-ranking court poet, Murasaki Shikibu staves off loneliness with her active imagination, telling stories about the dashing Prince Genji to her close friends. At first, they are their private entertainment, but soon Genji's amorous adventures are leaked to the public and Murasaki is thrust into the life of a kind of 11th century Japanese celebrity. She is compelled by a charismatic regent to accept a position at court regaling the empress with her stories. At court, Lady Murasaki becomes caught in a vortex of high politics and sexual intrigue, which begins to reflect itself in her stories. In this way, she comes to write her masterpiece, The Tale of Genji.

But this is much more than just an elegantly plotted historical novel. The Tale of Murasaki is a beautiful work of literary archaeology. Dalby, the only Westerner to have become a geisha and the author of the definitive book, Geisha, subtly reconstructs the fashions, sensibilities, manners, and preoccupations of 11th-century Japan. The result is a vivid portrait of a woman and her times, the most splendid in Japanese history. In The Tale of Murasaki, Dalby transports her readers to an exotic world and time and wraps them in a story that speaks clearly across the centuries. It is a dazzling literary achievement and a truly unique and wonderful reading experience.

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"The Tale of Murasaki brings vividly to life the fascinating eleventh-century world of the creator of Japan's enduring masterpiece, Tale of Genji." - Arthur Golden


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June 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Tale of Murasaki
Author(s): Liza Dalby
ISBN: 1-4352-9592-7 / 978-1-4352-9592-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-05
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May 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel
Author(s): Liza Dalby
ISBN: 0-385-49794-6 / 978-0-385-49794-7 (USA edition)
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Tale Of Murasaki
Author(s): Liza Dalby
ISBN: 0-09-956525-0 / 978-0-09-956525-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel
Author(s): Liza Dalby
ISBN: 0-385-49795-4 / 978-0-385-49795-4 (USA edition)
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February 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Tale Of Murasaki
Author(s): Liza Dalby
ISBN: 0-09-928464-2 / 978-0-09-928464-2 (UK edition)
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February 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Tale Of Murasaki
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ISBN: 0-09-942235-2 / 978-0-09-942235-8 (UK edition)
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Tale of Murasaki
Author(s): Liza Crihfield Dalby
ISBN: 0-7011-6930-3 / 978-0-7011-6930-5 (UK edition)
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2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Tale of Murasaki
Author(s): LIZA DALBY
ISBN: 0-385-72115-3 / 978-0-385-72115-8 (USA edition)
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March 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel
Author(s): Liza Dalby
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March 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel
Author(s): Liza Dalby
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August 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel
Author(s): Liza Dalby
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