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Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages

Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages

by Matsuo Basho, Hiroaki Sato
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ISBN-13: 9781880656204
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 07/01/1998
Series: Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 394,961
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Hiroaki Sato is one of the leading translators of Japanese poetry into English, with numerous books and awards. Emi Suzuki works in illustrations and CD graphic design.

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Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
antiquary on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This one of the many versions of "Narrow Road" is interesting because it also includes the renga sequence "Farewell Gift to Sora."
tombrinck on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a translation of Basho's "Narrow Road to a Far Province". Basho recounts his journey through Japan with his companion Sora. The tale is told in prose form with haiku interspersed throughout, in a form called haibun. They encounter and stay with people along the way, from monks to merchants to prostitutes. They join in renga sessions and visit various uta-makura, "poetic places" -- places which are mentioned in traditional poetry.Sato's version is an excellent translation. The language has a natural simple beauty and strikes one as being very faithful to the original. His version is much more the scholar's reference, with extensive and interesting footnotes, romaji versions of all the haiku, excerpts from numerous renga composed during the journey, and a complete and annotated renga at the end called "A Farewell Gift to Sora" which was composed during the trip when Sora had to separate from Basho and go on ahead because of an illness.
PeterClack on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is a classic which everyone should read. It is shorter than many European novels, but leads the reader into new ways of seeing the landscape around them. The poetry is wonderful. But then Basho is the master of Haiku.