The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches
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The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

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'It was with awe
That I beheld
Fresh leaves, green leaves,
Bright in the sun'

When the Japanese haiku master Basho composed The Narrow Road to the Deep North, he was an ardent student of Zen Buddhism, setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He writes of the seasons changing, the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These writings not only chronicle Basho's travels, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.

Translated with an Introduction by Nobuyuki Yuasa
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 132 x 199 x 11mm | 142g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • maps
  • 0140441859
  • 9780140441857
  • 39,662

Table of contents

The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthAcknowledgments
Introduction
The Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton
A Visit to the Kashima Shrine
The Records of a Travel-Worn Satchel
A Visit to Sarashina Village
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Map 1. Central Japan
Map 2. Central Japan
Map 3. Northern Japan
Notes
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About Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho (Author)
Matsuo Basho, the Japanese poet and diarist, was born in Iga-ueno near Kyoto in 1644. He began to write verse while studying as the companion of the son of the local lord, and continued to write when he moved to Edo (now Tokyo) in 1667. He eventually became a recluse, and on his travels relied on the hospitality of temples and fellow poets. His work was much influenced by Zen Buddhism.

Nobuyuki Yuasa (Translator)
Nobuyuki Yuasa taught English at the University of Hiroshima.
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