The most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (1644-1694) – who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty – is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan. Included here is a masterful translation of this celebrated work, along with three other less well-known but important works by Basho: Travelogue of Weather-Beaten Bones, The Knapsack Notebook, and Sarashina Travelogue. There is also a selection of over 250 of Basho’s finest haiku. In addition, the translator has provided an introduction detailing Basho’s life and work and an essay on the art of haiku.
|notes:||Contents: Narrow road to the interior, Travelogue of weather-beaten bones, The knapsack notebook, Sarashina travelogue, Selected haiku. Previous ed.: The essential Basho, 1999.|
|publisher:||Shambhala, Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1999, 2000|
|english publication date:||1999|
|description:||xxxiii, 184 p. : map ; 23 cm.|