Tandai Shoshin Roku

Tandai Shoshin Roku

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This is the first complete translation of Tandai shoshin roku, which provides the best source for an understanding of the eighteenth-century Japanese literary figure Ueda Akinari (1734-1809) - a man of many talents and wide-ranging interests: haikai and waka poet, writer of fiction, commentator on Japanese classical texts, doctor of Confucian medicine, keen student of history and botany, tea connoisseur and amateur potter. In this highly personal work dating from his last year, when he was almost blind and in poor health, Akinari allows his writing brush to wander at will, giving his unvarnished opinions on contemporary and historical people and events, commenting on various social customs, criticizing friend and foe alike, defending the existence of the supernatural and sharing his love of nature. Akinari's candour, humour, curiosity of mind and impressive erudition make Tandai shoshin roku an unusual and interesting text that has long deserved to be better known.
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  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 19mm | 542g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0557255554
  • 9780557255559

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