The Tale of the Heike

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Overview

The Tale of the Heike is one of the masterworks of Japanese literature, ranking with The Tal of Genji in quality and prestige. This new translation is not only far more readable than earlier ones, it is also much more faithful to the content and style of the original. Intended for the general audience as well as the specialist, this edition is highly annotated.

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"This version of the Heike is superb and indeed reveals to English-language readers for the first time the full scope, grandeur, and literary richness of the work as a masterpiece of medieval writing."—Journal of Asian Studies
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The great Japanese civil war in the latter half of the 12th century between the Taira (Heike) and the Minamoto (Genji) ended with the Minamoto victory at Dan-no-Ura in 1185. The story became the subject of many compositions, crystallizing in the Kakuichi version of 1371, of which this is a translation. It is handled very clearly and efficiently, with an extensive glossary, chronology, and lengthy discourse on the work from a literary point of view that helps the reader get a grasp of what is, to Western eyes, a somewhat disjointed and episodic narrative. It is good to have a bright new translation to stand beside Seidensticker's Tale of Genji , representing the two great Japanese epics. Donald J. Pearce, Univ. of Minnesota, Duluth, Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804718035
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1990
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 740,240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    A Seminal Text for understanding the foundations of the Japanese psyche

    Most every nation has a foundational story or epic poem. For the Japanese, the "Tale of the Heike" is this exact text. Goes into detail of the rivalry between the militaristic Taira and Minamoto clans-well worth the read. Very detailed and poetic...any course on Japan should involve this text. Go get it!

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