Kwaidan: Japanese Ghost Stories

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Stories and Studies of Strange Things

 

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  • A woman on her deathbed coerces her betrothed’s promise to wait for her reincarnated return, no matter how many years it will take.
  • A samurai turned priest does battle with the floating severed heads of ravenous ...
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Stories and Studies of Strange Things

 

  • A man terrified of the ghost who haunts his nights seeks help from a priest, who inscribes his body with protective holy texts … but misses a spot.
  • A woman on her deathbed coerces her betrothed’s promise to wait for her reincarnated return, no matter how many years it will take.
  • A samurai turned priest does battle with the floating severed heads of ravenous goblins.
These are just some of the haunting tales culled by distinguished American scholar, translator, and journalist Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) during years of travel and study in his adopted land of Japan. The twenty “ghostly sketches” Hearn gathered for his classic collection Kwaidan (or “strange stories”) span the supernatural spectrum from grisly accounts of revenge from beyond the grave to haunting visions of beautiful snow spirits who bring quiet death in the night. Strange and wondrous creatures abound in these tales, including human-faced Heiké crabs who embody the spirits of dead warriors, and the jikininki, or man-eating goblins that feed nocturnally on funeral offerings.

 

In Hearn’s vivid retellings of classic Japanese folk tales – further enhanced in this gorgeous, heavily illustration gift edition -- the spirit world swirls frighteningly close to human reality, the border between the two often being no more than a thin fog of dreams.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435120235
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 6.34 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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Lafcadio Hearn was one of the first great interpreters of things Japanese for Western readers. His keen intellect, poetic imagination and clear style have ensured him a devoted readership for more than a century.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Kwaidan
The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoichi     3
Oshidori     15
The Story of O-Tei     19
Ubazakura     23
Diplomacy     25
Of a Mirror and a Bell     29
Jikininki     35
Mujina     41
Rokuro-Kubi     45
A Dead Secret     57
Yuki-Onna     61
The Story of Aoyagi     67
Jiu-Roku-Zakura     79
The Dream of Akinosuke     81
Riki-Baka     89
Hi-Mawari     93
Horai     97
Insect-studies
Butterflies     101
Mosquitoes     121
Ants     125
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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Could have been so much better

    The art was great, the stories were good- but what was all that stuff about insects at the end? That stuff (book padding, basically) made an otherwise excellent book worse than average.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Gorgeous, surreal illustrations.

    Worth it for the art alone.

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