The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Mandarin Chinese) Paperback – 1 Jun 2000
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If you hesitate between Henricks' and Red Pine's versions, maybe what follows will help you :
Hanshan by Red Pine is really easy to read, it is quite a pleasure to have it in your hands, and there are pictures of Hanshan's cave, something you can't find anywhere else.
The translation by Henricks is far less seductive, but the introduction, contrary to Red Pine's, is a real academic work.
Part of the attraction of these poems in the illusiveness of the author or authors. Who was this Zen Saint?
Red Pine's notes on each poem are excellent - they give historical and literary context, and allow even the novice to access these beautiful pieces of poetry.
If you live in the city and cannot escape, this books allows to slip away for a few minutes at least.
This work contains, in a bilingual edition, the collected poems of Cold Mountain (Han-shan) and his friends Big Stick (Feng-kan) and Pick Up (Shih-te), who are believed to have flourished during the Tang Dynasty (approx. 9th Century). All the poems are well annotated and there is an interesting translator's preface, in addition to which the author has provided photos of the area in which Cold Mountain lived. There is also a fine introduction by John Blofeld (1913-1987).
"More than anyone else, Red Pine has made [Han Shan's] spontaneous poems accessible to Western readers.... In this new, expanded edition, invaluable notes and an extensive new critical preface provide a contextual awareness, not just for the poems, but for their sources in Buddhist and Confucian culture."
"An exquisite publication.... On every level this is a beautiful book."
-Judges' statement when awarding Red Pine the "2000 Western States Book Award in Translation" for the Collected Songs of Cold Mountain
"Red Pine...has given us the first full collection of Han Shan's songs in an idiom that is clear, graceful, and neutral enough to last.... His translations are accurate and mirror the music of the originals.... The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain is a considerable performance and a truly valuable book. Thanks to Copper Canyon's high standards of bookmaking, it is beautiful to hold and behold; thanks to Red Pine's care, it will survive as the definitive text of Han Shan in English for many years. It belongs on the shelf of everyone with an interest in poetry and...Read more ›
They may do the same for any serious poet who discovers them.
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A very thorough translation with the original characters and editors notes on left page and the poems on the right. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2013 by Akshobia