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Here are two hundred and twenty dazzling tales from medieval Japan, tales that welcome us into a fabulous, faraway world populated by saints and scoundrels, ghosts and magical healers, and a vast assortment of deities and demons. Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese worldview during a classic period in Japanese civilization. Masterfully edited and translated by the acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji, these stories ably balance the lyrical ...

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Overview

Here are two hundred and twenty dazzling tales from medieval Japan, tales that welcome us into a fabulous, faraway world populated by saints and scoundrels, ghosts and magical healers, and a vast assortment of deities and demons. Stories of miracles, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and legends, these tales reflect the Japanese worldview during a classic period in Japanese civilization. Masterfully edited and translated by the acclaimed translator of The Tale of Genji, these stories ably balance the lyrical and the dramatic, the ribald and the profound, offering a window into a long-vanished though perennially fascinating culture.

Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

A dazzling selection of more than 200 tales from medieval Japan, including stories of miracle, visions of hell, jokes, fables, and historical legends.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Few readers who start the book will be able to resist going through to the end."
— New York Times

"Fresh, imaginative, and uniquely organized...told in a style clear, homey, and unpretentious, [they] yield great pleasure."
— Kirkus Reviews

"Enchanting....The stories are variously witty, allegorical, mystical, gross, funny, and enigmatic....Tyler provides a helpful introduction, and his poised translations are something of a masterpiece."
— Publishers Weekly

"Translated with exceptional skill, this is a perfect example of scholarship concealing scholarship. Tyler has made these tales read gracefully and effortlessly. He writes in a lively and colloquial style that effectively captures the spirit of the originals without being jarringly modern. This is an important book."
— Donald Keene, Shincho Professor of Japanese, Columbia University

"Royall Tyler's translations are nothing short of superb — crisp, restrained, ably balancing the ribald and the profound. The results make available masterpieces from five centuries of Japanese literature. This book is a stellar addition to Pantheon's "outstanding folklore series."
—Booklist

Library Journal
These legends and popular tales220 in all, ranging from one to three pagesopen windows upon tradition and reality in medieval Japan. These vigorously and colloquially translated tales recall worlds conjured by Chaucer, Boccaccio, Perrault, and Grimm; East and West meet in common pursuit of ways to endure social and natural adversity. The social adversaries are often robbers, miscreant monks, or retired emperorsbut above all women, especially when disguised as foxes. The natural adversaries are ghosts and demons, snakes and dragons. One survives them all by wit and faithand a dollop of good luck. The Japanese tale shares with the German elements of violence and vulgarity but is finally closest to the hearty bawdiness and comic earthiness of the French and the English tales. Arthur Waldhorn, English Dept., City Coll., CUNY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375714511
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/13/2002
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 184,695
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Royall Tyler has taught Japanese language and culture at many universities, including Harvard, the Australian National University, the University of Oslo, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Australia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    Japanese Tales

    Was purchased by my son. He is really into Japan and its myths. He is really enjoying this book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Great stories!

    I bought this book as a gift for someone else but ended up enjoying the stories myself. I highly recommend this book for those interested in Japanese culture and also those that simply enjoy a good tale or two.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Konnichiwa

    Konnichiwa Can anyone tell me the fricking idea if this bok teaches you japanese? I dont think so

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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