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The Complete Works of Zhuangzi (Translations from the Asian Classics) [Hardcover]

Burton Watson

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31 Dec 2013 Translations from the Asian Classics
Only by inhabiting Dao (the Way of Nature) and dwelling in its unity can humankind achieve true happiness and freedom, in both life and death. This is Daoist philosophy's central tenet, espoused by the person -- or group of people -- known as Zhuangzi (369?-286? B.C.E.) in a text by the same name. To be free, individuals must discard rigid distinctions between good and bad, right and wrong, and follow a course of action not motivated by gain or striving. When one ceases to judge events as good or bad, man-made suffering disappears and natural suffering is embraced as part of life. Zhuangzi elucidates this mystical philosophy through humor, parable, and anecdote, deploying non sequitur and even nonsense to illuminate a truth beyond the boundaries of ordinary logic. Boldly imaginative and inventively worded, the Zhuangzi floats free of its historical period and society, addressing the spiritual nourishment of all people across time. One of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition, the Zhuangzi is read by thousands of English-language scholars each year, yet only in the Wade-Giles romanization. Burton Watson's pinyin romanization brings the text in line with how Chinese scholars, and an increasing number of other scholars, read it.

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Burton Watson...possesses all the qualities which distinguish a master translator. As a craftsman and as a poet, he has inspired and challenged two generations. ASIAN AFFAIRS Translation of any of the classics...from the hand of Burton Watson is an event to be welcomed with gratitude. JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES

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Burton Watson has taught at Columbia, Stanford, and Kyoto Universities and is one of the world's best-known translators of Chinese and Japanese works. His translations include The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales, The Analects of Confucius, The Tales of the Heike, and The Lotus Sutra; the writings of Zhuangzi, Mozi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi; The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry; and Records of the Grand Historian.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-buy 4 Mar 2014
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Zhuangzi is one of the deepest, most relevant, most playful, and all around best philosophers who ever lived. He deserves a place in everyone's library, and this is the translation of Zhuangzi that conveys his words with the least interpolation (technically, these are unattributed words circulated by an unknown Taoist community he founded, but why nitpick?). There are a few errors here and there but there is no attempt to shove the wonderful stories of the original into European philosophical categories. Best of all, Watson conveys Zhuangzi the way the Chinese understand him, and lets us know when he has used Chinese commentary to figure out confusing parts of the text.

It is worth noting that this was originally published in 1968, and most of the translations published after then are based in part on this one.
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