The Tales of the Heike / Edition 1

The Tales of the Heike / Edition 1

by Burton Watson, Haruo Shirane
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231138024

ISBN-13: 9780231138024

Pub. Date: 06/20/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, The Tales of the Heike chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike clan and changed the course of Japanese history. Featuring a vivid cast of characters, the book depicts the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail the chaos of the

Overview

Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, The Tales of the Heike chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike clan and changed the course of Japanese history. Featuring a vivid cast of characters, the book depicts the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail the chaos of the battlefield, the intrigue of the imperial court, and the gradual loss of courtly tradition. This new, abridged translation presents the work's most gripping episodes and includes woodblock illustrations, a glossary of characters, and an extended bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138024
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/20/2006
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Book 1     9
The Bells of Gion Monastery     9
Night Attack at Courtiers' Hall     10
The Sea Bass     14
Page-Boy Cuts     15
Kiyomori's Flowering Fortunes     15
Gio     16
Book 2     28
The Admonition     29
Signal Fires     33
The Death of the Senior Counselor     34
Yasuyori's Prayer     35
Book 3     37
The Pardon     37
The Foot-Drumming     40
Ario     43
The Death of Shunkan     47
Book 4     51
The Battle at the Bridge     51
Book 5     58
The Burning of Nara     58
Book 6     65
The Death of Kiyomori     65
Book 7     72
Sanemori     72
Tadanori Leaves the Capital     75
The Flight from Fukuhara     77
Book 8     82
Book 9     83
The Death of Lord Kiso     83
The Old Horse     89
The Attack from the Cliff     93
The Death of Tadanori     95
The Capture of Shigehira     97
The Death of Atsumori     98
Book 10     101
Regarding the Precepts     101
Senju-no-mae     105
Yokobue     109
Koremori Becomes a Monk     113
Koremori Drowns Himself     117
Book 11     122
The Death of Tsuginobu     122
Nasu no Yoichi     126
The Lost Bow     130
The Cockfights and the Battle of Dan-no-ura     133
Far-Flying Arrows     137
The Drowning of the Former Emperor     141
Book 12     144
The Execution of Rokudai     144
The Initiates' Book     148
The Imperial Lady Becomes a Nun     148
The Move to Ohara     151
The Retired Emperor Visits Ohara     153
The Six Paths of Existence     160
The Death of the Imperial Lady     165
Glossary of Characters     171
Bibliography     195

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