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The Tale of the Heike

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  • Paperback $30.00

    Mar 25, 2014 | 784 Pages

  • Ebook $34.99

    Oct 25, 2012 | 784 Pages

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“An elegant new translation [and] an account of a 12th century civil war that is an important historical document as well as a work of great power and beauty.”–Los Angeles Times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)

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