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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Just ask the scornful official who angrily has a Daoist flogged in “The Daoist
ofJinan” (jinan daoren) for revealing the official's covetousness: while the Daoist
seems to suffer nothing at all, the official's own buttocks begin to bleed from the ...
Once, when they were having a dinner party together, a Daoist priest came to his
gate, begging for alms. Han's servant tossed him some money and corn, but he
wouldn't accept it; nor would he go away. The servant became angry and went ...
From then on, any time Han gave a dinner party, the Daoist was sure to show up,
eating when he saw food and drinking when he found wine, while Han,
meanwhile, became rather vexed with his frequent presence. One time when
they were ...
Daoist said, “Call for the Shi sisters to come.” A boy left and a moment later, two
beauties walked in. One was tall and slender as a young willow, the other short
and considerably younger; the pair were incomparably lovely. The Daoist then ...
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