The Tale of the Heike
ISBN 9781101601099 | 784 pages | 25 Oct 2012 | Viking Adult
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A masterpiece of world literature; the samurai saga of pride, romance, and warfare of medieval Japan
With a reflection on the fleeting nature of power and glory begins The Tale of the Heike, an epic from twelfth-century Japan. Comparable in stature to The Tale of Genji, The Tale of the Heike narrates with wit, energy, and compassion the stories of such unforgettable characters as the ruthless warlord Kiyomori, who dies still burning with such rage that water poured on him boils; Hotoke, the beautiful young dancer who renounces wealth and fame to follow her conscience; Shigemori, the tyrant’s righteous son, who struggles against all odds to uphold fairness and justice; and Yoshitsune, the daring commander who defeats the enemy in battle after battle, only to be condemned by his jealous, powerful brother.
The Tale of the Heike is a foundation stone of Japanese culture and a major masterpiece of world literature. Lavishly illustrated and accompanied by maps, character guides, and genealogies, this book is a volume to treasure.
"Spectacularly beautiful...This will be the English Heike for our time and for many decades to come." — Times Literary Supplement
“An enormous achievement.” — The New York Times Book Review
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