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The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Bashō Matsuo
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Read in February, 2012

I read this and Sam Hamill's translation together. This version features five travelogues in chronological order, while Hamill offers four travelogues and over 250 selected haiku. Neither version is bilingual, and it seems like a major oversight not to include at least romaji alongside each haiku (Hamill's version does add romaji to the selected haiku). I preferred Hamill's introduction. Yuasa provided more detailed endnotes.

Ultimately, I preferred the moodiness of Yuasa's prose sections, in spite of his bizarre decision to translate the haiku as four-line stanzas. Hamill's translation is drier and perhaps more literal. I found it helpful to read both. Seems like a "definitive" version has yet to be published.
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