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Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio
by Pu Songling and John Minford


Overview - Exquisite and amusing miniatures regarded as the pinnacle of classical Chinese fiction
With their elegant prose, witty wordplay and subtle charm, the 104 stories in this selection from "The Strange Tales of Pu Songling" (1640-1715) reveal a world in which nothing is as it seems.
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Overview
Exquisite and amusing miniatures regarded as the pinnacle of classical Chinese fiction
With their elegant prose, witty wordplay and subtle charm, the 104 stories in this selection from "The Strange Tales of Pu Songling" (1640-1715) reveal a world in which nothing is as it seems. Here a Taoist monk conjures up a magical pear tree, a scholar recounts his previous incarnations, a woman out-foxes the fox-spirit that possesses her, a child bride gives birth to a thimble-sized baby, a ghostly city appears out of nowhere and a heartless daughter-in-law is turned into a pig. In his tales of humans coupling with shape-shifting spirits, bizarre phenomena, haunted buildings and enchanted objects, Pu Songling pushes back the boundaries of human experience and enlightens as he entertains.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140447408
  • ISBN-10: 0140447407
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Publish Date: October 2006
  • Page Count: 562
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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