Traditional Japanese ko–uta are the musical embodiment of the geisha in the intoxicating "flower and willow world." Literally, these are "little songs" sung by a geisha who accompanies herself on the three–stringed shamisen. Liza Dalby, fully trained in the arts of the geisha and fluent in Japanese, is a magnificent guide who brings alive the spirit of this delightful musical form.
Little Songs of the Geisha presents beautiful calligraphy and vivid translations of twenty–five ko–uta, to which Liza Dalby adds lively explanatory notes illuminating the puns and Japanese literary devices which might otherwise elude the Western reader. To draw out the fullest essence of the floating world, Little Songs of the Geisha offers an appendix with traditional musical notations for the shamisen as well as in standard Western form.
Murasaki es hija de un poeta de la corte en el apogeo del imperio japonés durante el siglo xi. Para sobrellevar su soledad, la joven dama utiliza su exuberante imaginación para inventar historias sobre el atractivo príncipe Genji, que se convierte en el protagonista de deslumbrantes aventuras amorosas. Su entretenimiento privado llega a oídos del regente, quien invita a Murasaki a la corte para deleitar a la emperatriz. Allí Murasaki se ve arrastrada por la vorágine de intrigas políticas y sexuales, y escribe su obra maestra, La historia de Genji, que es la primera novela de la literatura universal.
Con las extraordinarias vivencias de Murasaki, una de las mujeres más famosas de su tiempo, reviviremos las modas, la sensibilidad y la fastuosidad exótica de la época de mayor esplendor del imperio japonés.
Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic. Royall Tyler’s superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. Supplemented with detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies to help the reader navigate the multigenerational narrative, this comprehensive edition presents this ancient tale in the grand style that it deserves.
This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition features French flaps and deckle-edged paper.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it.
In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.