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The Tale of the Heike Paperback – Mar 1 1990

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (March 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804718032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804718035
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3.6 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #437,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The great Japanese civil war in the latter half of the 12th century between the Taira (Heike) and the Minamoto (Genji) ended with the Minamoto victory at Dan-no-Ura in 1185. The story became the subject of many compositions, crystallizing in the Kakuichi version of 1371, of which this is a translation. It is handled very clearly and efficiently, with an extensive glossary, chronology, and lengthy discourse on the work from a literary point of view that helps the reader get a grasp of what is, to Western eyes, a somewhat disjointed and episodic narrative. It is good to have a bright new translation to stand beside Seidensticker's Tale of Genji , representing the two great Japanese epics. Donald J. Pearce, Univ. of Minnesota, Duluth, Lib.
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"This version of the Heike is superb and indeed reveals to English-language readers for the first time the full scope, grandeur, and literary richness of the work as a masterpiece of medieval writing."—Journal of Asian Studies

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