- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: State University of New York Press (21 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0791464148
- ISBN-13: 978-0791464144
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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