Ochikubo Monogatari or The Tale of the Lady Ochikubo

A Tenth Century Japanese Novel

Edited by Wilfrid Whitehouse

Translated by Wilfrid Whitehouse

© 2011 – Routledge

256 pages

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Hardback: 9780415591232
pub: 2010-09-08
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About the Book

The Tale of the Lady Ochikubo dates from the last quarter of the tenth century. It is therefore one of the earliest of that long line of monogatari which are a special part of Japanese literature from the Heian Era. Ochikubo is the first novel: here for the first time is a vivid and realistic chronicle of life, related with a wealth of natural dialogue. In no story of the Heian Era are there so few poems or an absence of descriptions of the beauties of nature. The author keeps close to the human story he is chronicling. It is also the first novel to attempt any kind of characterisation. As a whole, the novel is of outstanding importance in the history of Japanese literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword. The Tale. Book I. Book II. Book III. Book IV. Appendix I: A Few Notes on the Tale i) The Title ii) The Author iii) The Date iv) Ochikubo Monogatari and the Literature of the Heian Era. Appendix II A Short Note on the Political Organisation in the Heian Era.

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LCO004000
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Asian
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REFERENCE / General