ISBN 9780140447408,Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio

Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio

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Pu

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Songling

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ISBN 9780140447408
Publisher

Penguin Books India

Publication Year 2006
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140447408

ISBN-10 0140447407
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 562 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

The Strange Tales of Pu Songling (1640-1715) are exquisite and amusing miniatures that are regarded as the pinnacle of classical Chinese fiction. With their elegant prose, witty wordplay and subtle charm, the 104 stories in this selection 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.

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