The Tales of the Heike / Edition 1

The Tales of the Heike / Edition 1

by Burton Watson, Haruo Shirane
     
 

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

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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

The bells of Gion Monastery9
Night attack at Courtiers' Hall10
The sea bass14
Page-boy cuts15
Kiyomori's flowering fortunes15
Gio16
The admonition29
Signal fires33
The death of the senior counselor34
Yasuyori's prayer35
The pardon37
The foot-drumming40
Ario43
The death of Shunkan47
The battle at the bridge51
The burning of Nara58
The death of Kiyomori65
Sanemori72
Tadanori leaves the capital75
The flight from Fukuhara77
The death of Lord Kiso83
The old horse89
The attack from the cliff93
The death of Tadanori95
The capture of Shigehira97
The death of Atsumori98
Regarding the precepts101
Senju-no-mae105
Yokobue109
Koremori becomes a monk113
Koremori drowns himself117
The death of Tsuginobu122
Nasu no Yoichi126
The lost bow130
The cockfights and the battle of Dan-no-ura133
Far-flying arrows137
The drowning of the former emperor141
The execution of Rokudai144
The imperial lady becomes a nun148
The move to Ohara151
The retired emperor visits Ohara153
The six paths of existence160
The death of the imperial lady165

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