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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According to Chinese tradition, these tales are not without precedent in the real
world: the artist, Zhang Xiaoshi, whose career spanned the late seventh and
early eighth centuries, not only created paintings of the underworld, but
according to ...
Startled, Zhang jumped up and asked what had happened. The girl replied, “I
could sense your feelings towards me, and I couldn't help but forget the usual
concerns about reputation and run here to meet you.” Zhang was overjoyed, and
As Zhang was just about to leave to take the provincial examination, the girl told
him, “You have no luck, so it will be a futile effort for you to go there and take the
exam.” After listening to her words, he didn't go after all. Four or five years passed
her parents asked her why and she frankly told them she was waiting for Zhang
to appear for an appointment that had been set up in her previous incarnation.
When they totaled up his age, her parents roared with laughter and said, “How
father had deceived her. Lu swore that it was Zhang. The girl said nothing and
wouldn't stop weeping. Lu went back outside, feeling dejected, and informed his
guest that the situation had changed and he could no longer invite him to stay.