Colpa e depressione nel Genji Monogatari. Verso la lettura psicoanalitica di un romanzo giapponese del secolo XI ABSTRACT: The author reflects about a psychoanalytical interpretation of The Tale 0/ Genji (Genji monogatari), considered by many to be the greatest novel of the ancient ]apanese literature. It was composed by Murasaki Shikibu (about 1000 A.D.), a lady-in-waiting for the Empress Akiko at the imperial court in Heian, now Kyoto. The tale is mostly full of poetical explorations about themes of love, affection, friendship, loyalty, into the social political Heian's world and in conformity with Buddhist convictioJ;l in the vanity of the world. A comprehensive reading of the text including Murasaki's life and her background, gives us the possibility to catch the human attempt to cure depression through narration.