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The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji


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By:   Yoshitaka Amano
Type:   Books : Art Books
Genres:   Fiction
Publisher:   Dark Horse
Release Date:   July 26, 2006
Availability:   Released
ISBN:   978-1-59582-063-1
Details:   Full color & b&w, 80 pages, 8 7/16" x 11 15/16", 46 color illustrations

Yoshitaka Amano has been praised around the world for his lush watercolors and evocative work dealing with myth and legend. In The Tale of Genji Mr. Amano brings his considerable talent to retelling one of the most famous of Japanese myths: written by Murasaki Shikibu shortly after 1000 AD and considered by most scholars to be the first novel ever written, The Tale of Genji is the story of the romantic adventures of Genji, the amazingly handsome prince and his many romantic conquests. Told through stunning paintings, Mr. Amano brings this classic story to life for a new generation.


As one of the most respected stories of all time, The Tale of Genji holds a worldwide place of honor among lovers of myth and legend.


Will appeal to the legions of Vampire Hunter D fans worldwide, as well as fans of his work on Sandman (written by New York Times-bestselling author Neil Gaiman) and Wolverine (with award-winning author Greg Rucka).


(6 Customer Reviews)

  • May 11, 2017 Rian from Hillsboro

    Having studied Eastern literature, I learned quite early on that "the Tale of Genji" is widely considered to be the world's first novel. Against the historical backdrop of this famous work, the art of Yoshitaka Amano creates mind-melting images. I handed this book to my 14 year old daughter, who is the artist of the family. All I heard out of her for the next hour were exclamations of joy and wonder. An absolutely fantastic book, and amazing price. Once again, thingsfromanotherworld.com reigns supreme.


  • Dec 28, 2012 Cody Dixon from Aledo, IL

    If you want a book of amano paintings this is a book for you if you want a book of the tale of genji this isn't the book for you it only has excerpts and bios for characters.


  • Jan 24, 2012 Josť Carlos Branco from Curitiba, PR

    Amazing!


  • Sep 10, 2008 Michael from NJ

    A must have for Amano fans


  • May 25, 2007 Nancy from California

    Wonderful, as always (hey, it's Amano!); makes me want to look up the original novel!


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  • May 21, 2007 Nicky from Australia

    Great artwork, interesting story line, especially great if you are interested in Japanese myth.