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Hojoki: Visions of a Torn World (Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature)

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Japan's capital city of Kyoto was devastated by earthquake, storm, and fire in the late 12th century. Retreating from "this unkind world," the poet and Buddhist priest Kamo-no-Chomei left the capital for the forested mountains, where he eventually constructed his famous "ten-foot-square" hut. From this solitary vantage point Chomei produced Hojoki, an extraordinary literary work that describes all he has seen of human misery and his new life of simple chores, walks, and acts of kindness. Yet at the end he questions his own sanity and the integrity of his purpose. Has he perhaps grown too attached to his detachment?

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An extraordinary literary work from the 12th century, a meditation on nature and mortality.

Synopsis:

The single great work of literary witness in medieval Japan, Hojoki is a short social chronicle prompted by a series of calamities that overtook old Kyoto in the late 12th century. By building a rude home in the forest and eliminating desire, poet and Buddhist priest Chomei believed he would be spared the anguish that had befallen the townspeople. Yet at the end we find the author consumed with self-doubt, questioning his own sanity and the integrity of his purpose. His voice reaches out from the distant past and speaks directly to our hearts, surprisingly modern and intensely human.

About the Author

Yasuhiko Moriguchi and David Jenkins are writers, teachers, and translators living in Kyoto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880656228
Translator:
Jenkins, David
Translator:
Moriguchi, Yasuhiko
Author:
Chomei, Kamo No
Author:
Kamo-no-Chomei
Author:
Kamo, Chomei
Author:
Hofmann, Michael
Publisher:
Stone Bridge Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Asia
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Rock Spring collection of Japanese literature
Series Volume:
no. 2, 1914
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 BandW illustrations
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5 in

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An extraordinary literary work from the 12th century, a meditation on nature and mortality.

"Synopsis" by , The single great work of literary witness in medieval Japan, Hojoki is a short social chronicle prompted by a series of calamities that overtook old Kyoto in the late 12th century. By building a rude home in the forest and eliminating desire, poet and Buddhist priest Chomei believed he would be spared the anguish that had befallen the townspeople. Yet at the end we find the author consumed with self-doubt, questioning his own sanity and the integrity of his purpose. His voice reaches out from the distant past and speaks directly to our hearts, surprisingly modern and intensely human.
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