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JAPANESE TALES by Royall Tyler


  • Paperback $19.95

    Aug 13, 2002 | 400 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Aug 22, 2012 | 400 Pages

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“Few readers who start the book will be able to resist going through to the end.”
— New York Times

“Fresh, imaginative, and uniquely organized…told in a style clear, homey, and unpretentious, [they] yield great pleasure.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Enchanting….The stories are variously witty, allegorical, mystical, gross, funny, and enigmatic….Tyler provides a helpful introduction, and his poised translations are something of a masterpiece.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Translated with exceptional skill, this is a perfect example of scholarship concealing scholarship. Tyler has made these tales read gracefully and effortlessly. He writes in a lively and colloquial style that effectively captures the spirit of the originals without being jarringly modern. This is an important book.”
— Donald Keene, Shincho Professor of Japanese, Columbia University

“Royall Tyler’s translations are nothing short of superb — crisp, restrained, ably balancing the ribald and the profound. The results make available masterpieces from five centuries of Japanese literature. This book is a stellar addition to Pantheon’s “outstanding folklore series.”

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