Kwaidan ghost stories and strange tales of old japan

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Nandakishore Varma’s review of Kwaidan: Ghost Stories and Strange Tales of Old Japan

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Book Review: Kwaidan Japanese Ghost Stories

Kwaidan : ghost stories and strange tales of old Japan

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A blind musician with amazing talent is called upon to perform for the dead. Faceless creatures haunt an unwary traveler. A beautiful woman — the personification of winter at its cruelest — ruthlessly kills unsuspecting mortals. These and 17 other chilling supernatural tales — based on legends, myths, and beliefs of ancient Japan — represent the very best of Lafcadio Hearn's literary style. They are also a culmination of his lifelong interest in the endlessly fascinating customs and tales of the country where he spent the last fourteen years of his life, translating into English the atmospheric stories he so avidly collected.

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Among the many curious and spooky happenings related in the other stories, we hear of a musician called upon to perform for the dead, man-eating goblins, a mysterious face appearing in a cup of tea, and, rather terrifyingly, a featureless girl with a face as smooth as an egg. Privacy Policy More info. Exquisite photographs of tsuba, or sword guards, from medieval and early modern Japan…. Journal of one of the first to spend winter on Antarctica, including more than 2 months of total darkness…. How alphabet books dealt with the letter X before the rise of x-rays and xylophones…. Seventy eight weird happenings are contained in this volume, from a demon strangling Devonian farmers in to a poltergeist terrorising a contemporary Chinese co… more. The stunning floral images featured here are the work of Ogawa Kazumasa, a Japanese photographer, printer, and publisher known for his pioneering work in photomecha… more.

Four of these stories were faithfully filmed as "Kwaidan" by Masaki Kobayashi in This book is the perfect companion piece to the film.
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Faceless creatures haunt an unwary traveler. A beautiful woman-the personification of winter at its cruelest ruthlessly kills unsuspecting mortals. These and seventeen other chilling supernatural tales-based on legends, myths, and beliefs of ancient Japan-represent the very best of Lafcadio Hearn's literary style. They are also a culmination of his lifelong interest in the endlessly fascinating customs and tales of the country where he spent the last fourteen years of his life, translating into English the atmospheric stories he so avidly collected. Teeming with undead samurais, man-eating goblins, and other terrifing demons, these twenty classic ghost stories inspired the Oscar-nominated film of the same name.

A blind musician with amazing talent is called upon to perform for the dead. Faceless creatures haunt an unwary traveler. A beautiful woman — the personification of winter at its cruelest — ruthlessly kills unsuspecting mortals. These and 17 other chilling supernatural tales — based on legends, myths, and beliefs of ancient Japan — represent the very best of Lafcadio Hearn's literary style. They are also a culmination of his lifelong interest in the endlessly fascinating customs and tales of the country where he spent the last fourteen years of his life, translating into English the atmospheric stories he so avidly collected. Hearn was born in Levkas, Greece, as the son of Greek and British parents. In he went to the United States and did various work, finally as a journalist.

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  1. Kwaidan: Ghost Stories and Strange Tales of Old Japan (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) [Lafcadio Hearn, Yasumasa Fujita, Oscar Lewis] on Amazon. com.

  2. Kwaidan: Ghost Stories and Strange Tales of Old Japan by I'm late to the Lafcadio Hearn party, having only read two stories in this collection.

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