The Tale of the Heike 9780143107262

The Tale of the Heike 9780143107262
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'Tadamori went to the palace, a large dagger thrust loosely beneath his robes, faced the room's shadowy depths, softly drew it and held it to his sidelocks. It gleamed like ice. Every gentleman present stared, wide-eyed.'The Tale of the Heike is the epic story of the warring Heike and Genji clans. Assembled from scattered oral poems in early-fourteenth-century Japan, it portrays magnificent battles, aristocratic society and street life, as well as giving universal insights into love, loss and loyalty. Royall Tyler's new translation is the first to capture the way The Tale of the Heike was originally performed, re-creating this oral work in its full operatic form. With woodcut illustrations, character guides, genealogies and rich annotation, this is a landmark edition of Japan's great martial epic. Newly translated with an introduction and notes by Royall Tyler From the acclaimed translator of "The Tale of Genji," a groundbreaking rendering of Japans great martial epic The fourteenth-century "Tale of the Heike" is Japans "Iliad"--a moving depiction of the late twelfth-century wars between the Heike and Genji clans. No work has had a greater impact on later Japanese literature, theater, music, film, and manga--indeed on the Japanese peoples sense of their own past. It has also been a major source for medieval-Japan-based fantasy in English. With woodcuts by nineteenth-century artist Teisai Hokuba, a major student of the great Hokusai, Royall Tylers stunning presentation of this touchstone of Japanese culture recreates the oral epic as it was actually performed and conveys the rich and vigorous language of the original. The Tale of the Heike is Japan's great martial epic: a masterpiece of world literature and the progenitor of all samurai stories. This major and groundbreaking new Penguin translation is by Royall Tyler, acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji . First assembled from scattered oral poems in the early fourteenth century, The Tale of the Heike is Japan's Iliad - a grand-scale depiction of the wars between the Heike and Genji clans. Legendary for its magnificent and vivid set battle scenes, it is also a work filled with intimate human dramas and emotions, contemplating Buddhist themes of suffering and separation, as well as universal insights into love, loss and loyalty. The narrative moves back and forth between the two great warring clans, between aristocratic society and street life, adults and children, great crowds and introspection. No Japanese work has had a greater impact on subsequent literature, theatre, music and films, or on Japan's sense of its own past. Royall Tyler's new translation is the first to capture the way The Tale of the Heike was originally performed. It re-creates the work in its full operatic form, with speech, poetry, blank verse and song that convey its character as an oral epic in a way not seen before, fully embracing the rich and vigorous language of the original texts. Beautifully illustrated with fifty-five woodcuts from the nineteenth-century artistic master, Katsushika Hokusai, and bolstered with maps, character guides, genealogies and rich annotation, this is a landmark edition. Royall Tyler taught Japanese language and literature for many years at the Australian National University. He has a B.A. from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University and has taught at Harvard, Stanford and the University of Wisconsin. His translation of The Tale of Genji was acclaimed by publications such as The New York Times Book Review .
Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 0143107267
ISBN-13 9780143107262
eBay Product ID (ePID) 167772314
Key Details
Number Of Pages 784 pages
Format Paperback
Publication Date 2014-03-25
Language English
Publisher Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Year 2014
Additional Details
Copyright Date 2014
Original Language Japanese
Dimensions
Weight 25.9 Oz
Height 1.3 In.
Width 6.2 In.
Length 9 In.
Target Audience
Group Trade
Grade From 12
Age Range 18
Classification Method
LC Classification Number PL790
Dewey Decimal 895.632
Dewey Edition 23
Contributors
Translated by Michael Watson, Royall Tyler
Reviews
"An elegant new translation [and] an account of a 12th century civil war that is an important historical document as well as a work of great power and beauty."-- Los Angeles Times "Encountering Homer in a vivid translation made Keats feel like an astonished astronomer watching a new planet swim into view. Readers unfamiliar with medieval Japanese literature - and that must mean most of us - may feel a kindred excitement on first looking into The Tale of the Heike , in a taut new rendering by Royall Tyler."-- The New York Times Book Review "This modern translation of the Japanese medieval classic tracing the rise and fall of the Taira (Heike) clan reads like the Iliad filtered through Akira Kurosawa, with battlefield panoramas and personal tragedies captured in an exquisitely cinematic narrative
Following his noteworthy translation of The Tale of Genji, Tyler offers accessible language while observing literary tradition in names and format. To help both old hands and newcomers navigate the vibrant yet sometimes arduous masterpiece, he provides an introduction, character list, maps, geneaologies, chronologies, footnotes, and glorious 19th-century illustrations." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Encountering Homer in a vivid translation made Keats feel like an astonished astronomer watching a new planet swim into view. Readers unfamiliar with medieval Japanese literature and that must mean most of us may feel a kindred excitement on first looking into The Tale of the Heike , in a taut new rendering by Royall Tyler."-- The New York Times Book Review "This modern translation of the Japanese medieval classic tracing the rise and fall of the Taira (Heike) clan reads like the Iliad filtered through Akira Kurosawa, with battlefield panoramas and personal tragedies captured in an exquisitely cinematic narrative
Following his noteworthy translation of The Tale of Genji, Tyler offers accessible language while observing literary tradition in names and format. To help both old hands and newcomers navigate the vibrant yet sometimes arduous masterpiece, he provides an introduction, character list, maps, geneaologies, chronologies, footnotes, and glorious 19th-century illustrations." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) In his elegant new translation, Royall Tyler divides the text into something resembling an opera libretto, with recitatives, arias and dialogue "An elegant new translation [and] an account of a 12th century civil war that is an important historical document as well as a work of great power and beauty."-- Los Angeles Times

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