The Tale of Genji is the story of the title character, son of a medieval Japanese emperor. Genji is stricken with forbidden love for one of his father's concubines and spends much of his life attempting to relieve himself by pursuing various affairs. These affairs are unsuccessful, though, only serving to inflame his passions for his one true love. Genji's life is an unfortunate one, plagued by his distant father's political maneuvering and by the shadow of his mother's early death.
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