Tandai Shoshin Roku
by Ueda Akinari
This is the first complete translation of Tandai shoshin roku, which provides the best source for an understanding of the eighteenth-century Japanese literary figure Ueda Akinari (1734-1809) - a man of many talents and wide-ranging interests: haikai and waka poet, writer of fiction, commentator on Japanese classical texts, doctor of Confucian medicine, keen student of hist...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published February 6th 2010 by Lulu.com
(first published November 23rd 2009)
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Apr 14, 2014 Remy rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historians of Japan
Akinari's Ugetsu Monogatari is one of my favorite books of all time, and this was the next book of his that I picked up. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a much more difficult read than I expected! In this work, written in the last year of his life, he spends most of the text critiquing his contemporaries or various historical figures. As I am (or was) not particularly acquainted with Edo period Japan or the other contexts he discusses, it was slow going. I found myself looking up a reference...more
Ueda Akinari or Ueda Shūsei (上田 秋成) was a Japanese author, scholar and waka poet, and a prominent literary figure in 18th century Japan. He was an early writer in the yomihon genre and his two masterpieces, Ugetsu Monogatari ("Tales of Rain and the Moon") and Harusame Monogatari ("Tales of Spring Rain"), are central to the canon of Japanese literature.More about Ueda Akinari...