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Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Translations from the Asian Classics)

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First Published in 1776, Tales of Moonlight and Rain is Japan's finest and most celebrated example of the literature of the occult. It also formed the basis for Mizoguchi Kenji's classic 1953 film Ugetsu. These nine gothic tales exemplify Ueda Akinari's talent for subtly merging the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exploring the consequences. His characters come into contact with ghosts, fiends, strange dreams, and other manifestations beyond all logic and common sense. His stories, both romantic and eerie, reveal the period's fascination with the strange and the grotesque. Along with The Tale of Genji and The Tails of the Heike, Tales of Moonlight and Rain is a masterpiece in the canon of Japanese fiction and a timeless work of great significance. Akinari's elegant prose is a model of Japanese literature enriched by Chinese borrowings, and this new translation, by a noted translator and scholar, skillfully maintains the beauty, allure, and complexity of his work.

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"Tales of Moonlight and Rain" alludes to the belief that mysterious beings appear on cloudy, rainy nights and in mornings with the lingering moon. In "Shiramine," the vengeful ghost of the former emperor Sutoku reassumes the role of king; in "The Chrysanthemum Vow," a faithful revenant fulfills a promise; "The Kibitsu Cauldron" tells a tale of spirit possession; and in "The Carp of My Dreams," a man straddles the boundaries between the waking world and dream. Akinari's masterful combination of phrases from Japanese classics with creatures from Chinese and Japanese fiction and lore lend the collection its eerie beauty. This translation skillfully maintains the allure and complexity of Akinari's original prose.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231139120
Author:
Ueda, Akinari
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Editor:
Chambers, Anthony
Author:
Akinari, Ueda
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
235
Dimensions:
8.06x5.30x.80 in. .78 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Tales of Moonlight and Rain" alludes to the belief that mysterious beings appear on cloudy, rainy nights and in mornings with the lingering moon. In "Shiramine," the vengeful ghost of the former emperor Sutoku reassumes the role of king; in "The Chrysanthemum Vow," a faithful revenant fulfills a promise; "The Kibitsu Cauldron" tells a tale of spirit possession; and in "The Carp of My Dreams," a man straddles the boundaries between the waking world and dream. Akinari's masterful combination of phrases from Japanese classics with creatures from Chinese and Japanese fiction and lore lend the collection its eerie beauty. This translation skillfully maintains the allure and complexity of Akinari's original prose.
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