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Sam Sacks: ‘The Tale of the Heike’

21 November 2013
The Tale of the Heike 
translated by Royall Tyler.
Viking, 734 pp., $50, October 2012, 978 0 670 02513 8
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... which came with the annihilation of the Heike and the establishment of the unchallenged supremacy of the Genji, is the subject of the Heike monogatari, The Tale of the Heike, newly translated by RoyallTyler. Tyler is the most prominent translator since Arthur Waley and Edward Seidensticker to take on the Sisyphean task of rendering Japan’s vast classical literature into accessible English. The ...

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