“Real things in the darkness seem no realer than dreams.”
“There are as many sorts of women as there are women.”
“Ceaseless as the interminable voices of the bell-cricket, all night till dawn my tears flow.”
The Tale of Genji is a full-length novel consisting of 54 individual chapters that was written at the beginning of the 11th century in the middle of Japan’s Heian Period.
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Murasaki Shikibu was born around the first year of Tenen (973) as a daughter of Tametoki Fujiwara, a renowned Chinese poetry scholar and court official. Her great-grandfather was Tsutsumi Chunagon Kanesuke, a famous waka poet during the mid Heian Period. She lost her mother early in life and was brought up under the full influence of her father. After being married for three years, her husband died of an illness and she reportedly began writing The Tale of Genji as a way of overcoming her sense of grief and loss.