ISBN: 1611806895
EAN13: 9781611806892
Language: English
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1" H x 6.75" L x 4.25" W
Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A beautiful translation of one of the most-loved classics of Japanese literature.

Bashō (1644-1694)--a great luminary of Asian literature who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty--is renowned in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku recounting his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan. This edition features a masterful translation of this celebrated work. It also includes an insightful introduction by translator Sam Hamill detailing Bashō's life and the art of haiku, three other important works by Bashō--Travelogue of Weather-Beaten Bones, The Knapsack Notebook, and Sarashina Travelogue--and two hundred and fifty of his finest haiku, making this the most complete single-volume collection of Bashō's writings.

This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series.

The Shambhala Pocket Library is a collection of short, portable teachings from notable figures across religious traditions and classic texts. The covers in this series are rendered by Colorado artist Robert Spellman. The books in this collection distill the wisdom and heart of the work Shambhala Publications has published over 50 years into a compact format that is collectible, reader-friendly, and applicable to everyday life.

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   Traveling Alone with the poetry and spirit of Basho
Traveling through Japan, a great walk through the works of Basho, while traveling on a bus or in Shinkansen is a light way to spend your time. Basho speaks in an extremely personal way, as if the poetry were specifically meant for you. The stories of his travels along Japan and his mentions of famous sites in Kyoto, Sendai, Nara, Ise, Kyoto, and more create an even stronger connection when you visit these places. However, even if one is not from Japan or traveling within, his Haiku deserves their own review, even if one is not inclined to poetry.
   Walking Tour of 17th century Japan
With prose descriptions, Matsuo Basho's travels are interspersed with Haiku written along the way, this edition makes for great reading. The format is such that one can read larger or smaller bits and take time to contemplate Japanese art and scenery from 17C while enjoying the nature of one's own backyard. Plus the section of selected Basho Haiku is given with phonetic representations of the Japanese to discover the lyricism of the original.
   The classic haibun...
But in English, the Haiku seems so dominant in tone and elegance, making the prose sound like concrete with jewels set in it.
Plus, the quality of Basho's travel books in one place is excellent. A buy is a chance.
   Fine translation. Surprisingly bad QA by publisher. Printed text too light.
One of the most delicate translations of this Japanese poetry classic is. Recommended : The QA of the publisher was sorely lacking in printing. The text is much too light. Infrequently, press checks must be made during a printing run. Each word is legible, but the impressions are too light, almost acceptable, but all of the same, low quality. A real shame that this was printed in the United States. It does not come up to good quality printing standards. It reminds me of the low printing quality from Chinese books from about 10 years ago and the Indonesian printing jobs I have seen in the past two years. I hope to see much more from Shambhala. UPDATE February 27, 2018 - See the US newsstand. I've been sent a replacement and the printing is still uneven from page to page. Shambala is a great book but again a great shame! You need someone who does not fall asleep during a press check.
   Wife road for readers
Excellent essay on Basho, the structure that gives us a good reading of his life, including his 5 travelogues, so rich in poetry and the final section with chosen Haikus.
   Love it.
The master Haiku writer journeys through his homeland. Lovers of Japanese history and art will want to read this journal by this artist. It is really enjoyable, it is by my bedside, reading excerpts every night before the bed. Love it!
   Read the haiku Read About the Journey
Absolutely wonderful ''. As a poet and Haiku writer, this is an essential for those who love Basho and his works. Excellent translation, including the original translation of Basho's Haiku in Japanese.
   Deeply insightful book with Sam Hamill explaining the historical context ...
Deeply insightful book with Basho, explaining the historical context and spiritual exploration of Sam Hamill and his contemporaries. The style of poetry in this period is very different from what I am habitually attracted. A welcome wake-up call to a deeper simpler appreciation of the miracle of life, which is always available when we can escape the manipulations of MARA.