Four Huts: Asian Writings on the Simple Life

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The short works collected in Four Huts give voice to one of the most treasured aesthetic and spiritual ideals of Asia—that of a simple life lived in a simple dwelling. The texts were written between the ninth and the seventeenth centuries and convey each author's underlying sense of the world and what is to be valued in it. Four Huts presents original translations by Burton Watson—one of the most respected translators of Chinese and Japanese literature. The qualities that emerge from these writings are an ...
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Overview

The short works collected in Four Huts give voice to one of the most treasured aesthetic and spiritual ideals of Asia—that of a simple life lived in a simple dwelling. The texts were written between the ninth and the seventeenth centuries and convey each author's underlying sense of the world and what is to be valued in it. Four Huts presents original translations by Burton Watson—one of the most respected translators of Chinese and Japanese literature. The qualities that emerge from these writings are an awareness of impermanence, love of nature, fondness for poetry and music, and an appreciation of the quiet life. Four Huts features eleven brush paintings by artist Stephen Addiss.

These four short works give voice to one of the most treasured aesthetic and spiritual ideals of Asia--that of a simple life lived in a simple dwelling. These beautiful texts were written by four renowned Chinese and Japanese poets, and the qualities that emerge include an awareness of impermanence and a love of nature. 12 two-color illustrations.

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"This beautifully rendered, expertly designed, small pocket volume is a compact little world in itself, just waiting to be opened."— The Japan Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570629464
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/16/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 973,531
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Translator's Preface xi
Record of the Thatched Hall on Mount Lu 1
Record of the Pond Pavilion 19
Record of the Ten-Foot-Square Hut 39
Record of the Hut of the Phantom Dwelling 85
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