Narrow road to the interior and other writings

ISBN: 1570627169, 9781570627163
OCLC Number: 43845643
Material Type: Biography, Poetry
Document Type: Book
Author: Matsuo Basho
Translator: Sam Hamill
Language: en
Publisher: Shambhala, Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1999, 2000
Publication Place: Boston
English Publication Date: 1999
Notes: Contents: Narrow road to the interior, Travelogue of weather-beaten bones, The knapsack notebook, Sarashina travelogue, Selected haiku. Previous ed.: The essential Basho, 1999.
Related: Shambhala classics.
Abstract: The most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (1644-1694) - who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty - is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan. Included here is a masterful translation of this celebrated work, along with three other less well-known but important works by Basho: Travelogue of Weather-Beaten Bones, The Knapsack Notebook, and Sarashina Travelogue. There is also a selection of over 250 of Basho's finest haiku. In addition, the translator has provided an introduction detailing Basho's life and work and an essay on the art of haiku.