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Tales of Moonlight and Rain / Edition 1

Tales of Moonlight and Rain / Edition 1

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by Ueda Ueda
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231139128

ISBN-13: 9780231139120

Pub. Date: 11/14/2006

Publisher: Columbia University Press

First published in 1776, the nine gothic tales in this collection are Japan's finest and most celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the strange and the grotesque. They were also the inspiration for Mizoguchi Kenji's brilliant 1953 film

Overview

First published in 1776, the nine gothic tales in this collection are Japan's finest and most celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the strange and the grotesque. They were also the inspiration for Mizoguchi Kenji's brilliant 1953 film Ugetsu.

The title Ugetsu monogatari (literally "rain-moon tales") alludes to the belief that mysterious beings appear on cloudy, rainy nights and in mornings with a lingering moon. In "Shiramine," the vengeful ghost of the former emperor Sutoku reassumes the role of king; in "The Chrysanthemum Vow," a faithful revenant fulfills a promise; "The Kibitsu Cauldron" tells a tale of spirit possession; and in "The Carp of My Dreams," a man straddles the boundaries between human and animal and between the waking world and the world of dreams. The remaining stories feature demons, fiends, goblins, strange dreams, and other manifestations beyond all logic and common sense.

The eerie beauty of this masterpiece owes to Akinari's masterful combination of words and phrases from Japanese classics with creatures from Chinese and Japanese fiction and lore. Along with The Tale of Genji and The Tales of the Heike, Tales of Moonlight and Rain has become a timeless work of great significance. This new translation, by a noted translator and scholar, skillfully maintains the allure and complexity of Akinari's original prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231139120
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
11/14/2006
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Tales of Moonlight and RainPrefaceBook OneShiramineThe Chrysanthemum VowBook TwoThe Reed-Choked HouseThe Carp of My DreamsBook ThreeThe Owl of the Three JewelsThe Kibitsu CaldronBook FourA Serpent's LustBook FiveThe Blue HoodOn Poverty and WealthBibliography

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