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Basho's Journey: The Literary Prose Of Matsuo Basho Paperback – 21 Apr 2005

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Barnhill s approach to translation is straightforward and unfussy, aiming to be as accurate as possible, making his two volumes a highly serviceable compilation. They will be of great value to readers. The Japan Times
"Read cover to cover, the volume presents the breadth of Basho s prose. If you open it randomly, on almost every page you encounter haunting images of the landscape, village life, and literary culture of Japan. This book inspires us to stop and pay attention to the poetry of the world around us." Buddhadharma
Barnhill reveals the importance of narrative and social contexts in reading Basho. Barnhill s careful translations and notes reveal a poet both independent and pious Above all, Basho s experience of cultured nature emerges unforgettably. The Providence Sunday Journal on Basho s Journey and Basho s Haiku
"Barnhill's translations maintain the Japanese originals' direct sparseness, and retain their dramatic sequence, which all too many translations unfortunately and unnecessarily sacrifice." Taigen Dan Leighton, cotranslator of Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community: A Translation of Eihei Shingi"

About the Author

David Landis Barnhill is Director of Environmental Studies and Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. He is the translator of Basho's Haiku: Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho and the coeditor (with Roger S. Gottlieb) of Deep Ecology and World Religions: New Essays on Sacred Ground, both also published by SUNY Press.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiul Translations 3 July 2016
By Teop Tnomrev - Published on Amazon.com
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For me, Barnhill's translations of Basho are among the finest available, capturing their brevity, succinctness and even a little of their poetry (as opposed to W.S. Merwin's prosy bread loafs). What is especially appreciated is having so much of Basho's prose work translated. I only hope he decides to translate Buson next. Japanese poets in English translation are woefully underrepresented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey with Basho 1 Jun. 2006
By Shoji - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the latest books out on the travel journals of Matsuo Basho and this lovely book contains all five journals.The translator David Landis Barnhill has arranged the journals in chronological order to show how Basho's writing developed over the years.The journals included are 'Journey of Bleached Bones in a Field' [Nozarashi Kiko], 'Kashima Journal' [Kashima Kiko], 'Knapsack Notebook' [Oi No Kobumi], 'Sarashina Journal' [Sarashima Kiko], and 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North' [Oku No Hosomichi]. Basho's 'Saga Diary' [Saga Nikki] is also included along with a massive 80 of Basho's haibun (short poetic prose pieces that include haiku) and over 320 of Basho's haiku are scattered throughout the book, which also includes maps of each of the five journeys and extensive notes and a glossary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Basho lovers 27 Jun. 2013
By tanka_oz - Published on Amazon.com
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Having walked some of the paths that Basho did, I simply love revisiting this book. It is a classic and anyone who enjoys haiku, haibun, or loves Japan and its culture would find this a plus on their shelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories behind the Haiku of Basho 1 Sept. 2010
By Scott Frankenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful work on 17th century Japan as experienced by Basho one of the countries greatest poets. More than the poetry they encompass, the journals allow one to travel on the roads which the poetry represents. It is easy to pick up and to put down again as one creates ones own poems on any day of any season.
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