Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio

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Exquisite Chinese stories of the supernatural

Eminent Chinese scholar John Minford's superb translation captures the consummate skill and understated humor of Pu Songling's classic Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. With elegant prose, witty wordplay, and subtle charm, the 104 stories in this collection reveal a world in which nothing is as it seems. In his tales of shape-shifting spirits, bizarre phenomena, haunted buildings, and enchanted objects, Pu Songling pushes the ...

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Overview


Exquisite Chinese stories of the supernatural

Eminent Chinese scholar John Minford's superb translation captures the consummate skill and understated humor of Pu Songling's classic Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. With elegant prose, witty wordplay, and subtle charm, the 104 stories in this collection reveal a world in which nothing is as it seems. In his tales of shape-shifting spirits, bizarre phenomena, haunted buildings, and enchanted objects, Pu Songling pushes the boundaries of human experience and enlightens as he entertains.

• Includes an introduction, suggestions for further reading, glossary, notes, and illustrations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447408
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 353,746
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Pu Songling (1640–1715) was one of the most celebrated Chinese writers from the Qing dynasty.

John Minford is dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University of Hong Kong. He has published widely on Chinese literature and translated numerous works, including the Penguin Classics edition of Sun-tzu’s The Art of War.
 

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Table of Contents

1 Homunculus 3
2 An otherworldly examination 6
3 Living dead 10
4 Spitting water 15
5 Talking pupils 18
6 The painted wall 23
7 The troll 28
8 Biting a ghost 31
9 Catching a fox 34
10 The monster in the buckwheat 37
11 The haunted house 40
12 Stealing a peach 43
13 Growing pears 47
14 The Taoist priest of Mount Lao 50
15 The monk of Changqing 55
16 The snake-charmer 59
17 The wounded python 64
18 The fornicating dog 66
19 The god of hail 67
20 The golden goblet 70
21 Grace and pine 76
22 A most exemplary monk 87
23 Magical arts 90
24 Wild dog 95
25 Past lives 98
26 Fox in the bottle 102
27 Wailing ghosts 104
28 Thumb and thimble 107
29 Scorched moth the Taoist 109
30 Friendship beyond the grave 112
31 Karmic debts 118
32 Ritual cleansing 121
33 The door god and the thief 124
34 The painted skin 126
35 The merchant's son 133
36 A passion for snakes 141
37 A latter-day Buddha 142
38 Fox enchantment 143
39 Eating stones 150
40 The laughing girl 152
41 The magic sword and the magic bag 168
42 The devoted mouse 180
43 An earthquake 182
44 Snake island 185
45 Generosity 189
46 The giant fish 193
47 The giant turtle 194
48 Making animals 197
49 The little Mandarin 200
50 Dying together 202
51 The alligator's revenge 205
52 Sheep skin 206
53 Sharp sword 209
54 Lotus fragrance 211
55 King of the nine mountains 229
56 The fox of Fenzhou 235
57 Silkworm 238
58 Vocal virtuosity 250
59 Fox as prophet 254
60 This transformation 258
61 Fox control 261
62 Dragon dormant 264
63 Cut sleeve 266
64 The girl from Nanking 277
65 Twenty years a dream 280
66 Mynah bird 290
67 Lamp dog 293
68 Doctor five hides 296
69 Butterfly 298
70 The black beast 304
71 The stone bowl 306
72 A fatal joke 311
73 Raining money 313
74 Twin lanterns 316
75 Ghost foiled, fox put to rout 320
76 Frog chorus 324
77 Performing mice 326
78 The clay scholar 328
79 Flowers of illusion 331
80 Dwarf 336
81 Bird 338
82 Princess lotus 348
83 The girl in green 356
84 Duck justice 360
85 Big sneeze 362
86 Steel shirt 364
87 Fox trouble 366
88 Lust punished by foxes 370
89 Mountain city 373
90 A cure for marital strife 376
91 A prank 381
92 Adultery and enlightenment 383
93 Up his sleeve 387
94 Silver above beauty 397
95 The antique lute 399
96 Waiting room for death 405
97 Rouge 408
98 The Southern Wutong-spirit 421
99 Sunset 427
100 The male concubine 434
101 Coral 436
102 Mutton fat and pig blood 446
103 Dung-beetle dumplings 449
104 Stir-fry 452
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