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Stories Old and New is the first complete translation of Feng Menglong's Gujin xiaoshuo (also known as Yushi mingyan, Illustrious Words to Instruct the World), a collection of 40 short stories first published in 1620 in China. This is considered the best of Feng's three such collections and was a pivotal work in the development of vernacular fiction. The stories are valuab ...more
Paperback, 825 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by University of Washington Press (first published March 1620)
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Mel
A full translation of Feng Menglong's San Yan is totally unbelievable. This is the first volume of 40 stories and 794 pages long. I started reading it back in November but had to stop reading it when I hurt my wrist as it was too big and heavy to hold. I finished up the remaining stories this week. I totally loved this book. The stories are brilliant and Feng's comments are amusing and enjoyable. A lot of the stories are quite long, around 40 pages or so and you get a real sense of the character ...more
Helmut
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: china, favorites
Klare Worte, um die Welt zu erhellen

Der Freund, der viele Lebensjahre für seinen gefangenen Freund hingibt; die Zusammenführung einer Ehe über vier Ecken und viele Verwirrungen; der Weg eines Taoisten hin zur Unsterblichkeit entgegen den Machenschaften vieler dämonischer Feinde: Dies sind einige der Themen der Geschichten, die Feng Menglong in der Ming-Dynastie zusammengetragen, bearbeitet und veröffentlicht hat. Der mündliche Ursprung vieler der Geschichten wird nicht verborgen: Der Erzähler is
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Christopher
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 17th-c, fiction
The forty stories in this collection are thematically paired, and each typically begins with a poem and a sort of prologue story before launching into the main narrative. The prologue story often ends abruptly, leaving the reader wanting more, where the main narrative is sometimes a bit overwritten. Many of them sort of washed over me without leaving a strong impression, even though I tried reading them spaced out at different times. Still, they’re sophisticated stories, and in each one I could ...more
Justin Newland
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Yup, a fascinating read. A great introduction to the beliefs and culture of the Chinese in the Ming Dynasty. I was particularly interested in the social mores and the keen Chinese belief in the supernatural, both of which are amply represented in these unusual stories.
Johanna
I think this is the first book that exposed me to smut stories
Wenxi Chen
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting short stories. Definitely eye opening. It reveals the values and believes of China’s old dynasties.
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Feng Menglong (1574–1646) was a Chinese vernacular writer and poet of the late Ming Dynasty.

Most of his literary work was in editing and compiling histories, almanacs and novels. Two of his noteworthy novels are Qing Shi and the shenmo work Pingyao Zhuan. In 1620 he published the Illustrious Words to Instruct the World (喻世明言 Yushi Mingyan), or Stories Old and New.

Feng was a proponent of the school
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