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The Tale of Genji

Read by Gwyneth Jones

The Tale of Genji was written in the early 11th century by Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu. It has been called the world's first novel, the first modern novel, and the first psychological novel.

Gwyneth Jones will read extracts from The Tale of Genji and draw out links between the novel and Salman Rushdie’s portrayal of 1001 nights in the text for Blood Relations, his collaboration with Anish Kapoor.

Gwyneth, a writer and critic of science fiction and fantasy, is the author of many novels for teenagers, mostly using the name Ann Halam, and several highly regarded genre novels for adults, often addressing feminist, popular culture and gender issues. Her critical essays and reviews are collected in Deconstructing The Starships, 1999. She's won the Tiptree award, two World Fantasy awards; the Arthur C. Clarke award for the rock and roll “near future fantasy" Bold As Love (2001); the British Science Fiction Association award, the P.K.Dick award, and, most recently, the Pilgrim award for science fiction criticism, 2008. Her latest novel is Spirit, Or The Princess Of Bois Dormant (Gollancz UK). She lives in Brighton, UK, with her husband and son, two fishes and two cats.


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Date and Time:

30 April 2009 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



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