The modern novel is often believed to be have developed in the Western World. In reality the first true novel was written in Japan.
In what ways was Murasaki Shikibu unusual for her time, so much so that she was invited to court?
She carefully documented the obsessively courtly behavior of nobles, but how did she regard their attention to perfect manners?
How did court politics determine the life of Genji and reflect the high culture of traditional Japan?
These sites explore the life and times of Lady Murasaki Shikibu, the author of what is perhaps the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji.
A summary of the book.
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