Strange Tales from Liaozhai - Vol. 2
The weird and whimsical short stories in Strange Tales from Liaozhai show their author, Pu Songling (1640-1715), to be both an explorer of the macabre, like Edgar Allan Poe, and a moralist, like Aesop. In this first complete translation of the collection's 494 stories into English, readers will encounter supernatural creatures, natural disasters, magical aspects of Buddhist and Daoist spirituality, and a wide range of Chinese folklore. Annotations are provided to clarify unfamiliar references or cultural allusions, and introductory essays have been included to explain facets of Pu Songling's work and to provide context for some of the unique qualities of his uncanny tales.
This is the second of 6 volumes.
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Talented Xia Pingzi (in “The Administrator of Thunder” [lei cao]), who “always
failed the civil service examination and became depressed as a result,” dies, but
subsequently becomes an immortal, and finds a unique way of repaying his ...
Otherwise, there's the example of the student who was visited at night by his old
friend the eel; and Red Hare: The magical horse capable of impossible distances
in a single day, given by Cao Cao to the hero Guan Yu in The Romance of the ...
But he was bringing Cao Cao to trial, and he received twenty lashes.” The
collector of these strange tales remarks, “A-man's case is one which has been
judged many times, by generations of the Hell King. The villain's path Jiawu: A
county in ...
... Cao Cao's crimes, have been administered to him; so since it's been over a
thousand years, why not kill him, instead of torturing him endlessly? Cao Cao
was an evil criminal, guilty of crimes for which he deserves to die ten thousand
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