Ugetsu Monogatari or Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Routledge Revivals)

A Complete English Version of the Eighteenth-Century Japanese collection of Tales of the Supernatural

By Ueda Akinari

Translated by Leon M Zolbrod

© 2011 – Routledge

12 pages

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Paperback: 9780415619936
pub: 2011-08-01
Hardback: 9780415618779
pub: 2011-03-07

About the Book

Ugetsu Monogatari, or Tales of Moonlight and Rain numbers among the best-loved Japanese classics. These nine illustrated tales of the supernatural from eighteenth-century Osaka combine popular appeal with a high literary standard. The author expressed his complex views on human life and society in simple yet poetic language. Akinari questioned the prevailing moral values and standards of his age whilst entertaining his readers with mystery and other-worldly occurrences. This is a reissue of Leon Zolbrod’s definitive English translation of the work, first published in 1974.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Volume 1: Preface. I White Peak (Shiramine). II Chrysanthemum Tryst (Kikuka no chigiri). Volume 2 III The House Amid the Thickets (Asaji gay ado) IV The Carp That Came to My Dream (Muō no rigyo). Volume 3 V Bird of Paradise (Buppōsō) VI The Caldron of Kibitsu (Kibitsu no kama). Volume 4 VII The Lust of the White Serpent (Jasei no in) Volume 5: VIII The Blue Blood (Aozukin). IX Wealth and Poverty (Himpuku-ron). Notes on the text. Appendices. 1. Imperial Succession in the Twelfth Century. 2. Alphabetical Index tot the First Line of Verses Translated in the Text and Notes. 3 Map of Japan in Provinces. 4 Japanese Literary Sources: Alphabetical List of Selected titles. 5 Chinese Literary Sources: Alphabetical List of Titles Mentioned in the Introduction and Notes. 6 Seven Representative Tokugawa Collections of Tales of the Supernatural That Preceded Ugetsu monogatari. Select bibliography.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology