The Diary of Lady Murasaki
by Murasaki Shikibu , Richard Bowring
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c973-c1020), author of the Genji, is an intimate image of his life as tutor and companion of the young Empress ShoshiTold in a series of vignettes, it offers to reveal a glimpse of the Japanese Imperial Palace – the happy birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor consorts, to sharp critics of Murasaki’s other damsels and drunken courtiers, and by telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, MichinagaThe Journal is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrate insight into human psychology – his pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and thoughtful of melancholy
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