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The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu
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Jun 13, 2011

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A window on court life in Japan of the 11th century, such as their orientation toward nature, extensive use of poetry, and social setup. The woodcut illustrations were a highlight. In this abridgement (12 early chapters), Genji is exclusively in pursuit of sexual conquests. Do the full 54 chapters have a more varied plot?

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