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    DescriptionA landmark new translation of the ancient Chinese oracle and book of wisdom Pose a question, then toss three coins (or cast your yarrow stalks) to access the time-honored wisdom of the "I Ching." The "I Ching," or "Book of Change," has been consulted through the ages, in both China and the West, for answers to fundamental questions about the world and our place in it. The oldest extant book of divination, it dates back three thousand years to ancient shamanistic practices involving the ritual preparation of the shoulder bones of oxen. From this early form of communication with the other world, it has become the Chinese spiritual book par excellence. An influence on such cultural icons as Bob Dylan, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Philip K. Dick, and Philip Pullman, the "I Ching" is turned to by millions around the world for insights on spiritual growth, business, medicine, genetics, game theory, strategic thinking, and leadership, and of course for the window it opens on China. This new translation, over a decade in the making, is informed by the latest archaeological discoveries and features a gorgeously rendered codex of divination signs--the "I Ching"'s sixty-four Tarot-like hexagrams. It captures the majesty and mystery of this legendary work and charts an illuminating path to self-knowledge.

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    I Ching
    The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor of Translation John Minford
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 960
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    ISBN 13: 9780670024698
    ISBN 10: 0670024694

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    Viking Books
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    Viking Books
    Publication date
    30 October 2014
    Author Information
    John Minford is the translator of the acclaimed Viking Penguin edition of "The Art of War "and a professor of Chinese at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
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    "Consistently eloquent and erudite, this rendition of the "I Ching "will endure as a classic of the twenty-first century and beyond." --Anthony C. Yu, Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Humanities, The University of Chicago "Readers familiar with the classic Wilhelm/Baynes translation can rest assured that John Minford's new version has surpassed it. . . . It is a work of art. But it is also extremely user-friendly, especially for general readers who wish to consult their fortunes with this book. They will find here, in Minford's many-splendored prose, a largesse of wisdom and sheer mystical power." --Leo Ou-fan Lee, Sin Wai Kin Professor of Chinese Culture, Chinese University of Hong Kong "A creative masterpiece in itself, this translation by John Minford--one of the foremost cultural intermediaries of our day--throws fresh light on the great Chinese classic of the occult. It is a kind of unholy resurrection, a cable that disappears into the abyss of a darker time. In it the Bronze Age predicts to the Information Age the shadow of what is to come." --Timothy Mo, three-time finalist for the Booker Prize