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THE TALE OF GENJI: Scenes From the World’s First Novel, by Murasaki Shikibu. Illustrated by Masayuki Miyata, translated by H. Mack Horton. Kodansha International, 2001, 240 pp., 3500 yen (paper)

“The Tale of Genji,” renowned as the world’s first great novel, is now nearly 1,000 years old. The intervening centuries have not only elevated and reinforced its status as a literary paragon, they have also seen its characters and themes depicted in a multitude of pictorial arts.

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