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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In the universe of Pu Songling's strange tales, a great deal of traffic passes
between the mundane world of mortal human beings, and the underworld with its
spirit denizens. In the latter, individuals are judged after death and reparations
represented by the additional kings reflected both the administrative dynamics of
bureaucracy (namely, that the ever-increasing caseloads of the dead would
justify an expansion of the underworld justice system, just as was the case in the
on that compassionate gesture dooms him to remain a spirit in the underworld.
The redemptive facet of the Hell King's judgments is often overshadowed in
literary accounts by the horrors of the torments and tortures waiting for those
guilty of ...
Pu Songling. had once died himself, personally observing the underworld and
then returning to life (Teiser 440). Such returns are sometimes the results of
incompetencies and corruptions within the multi-tiered bureaucracy of the
Besides simply dying at their fated times, individuals in Pu's tales can also find
themselves suddenly transported to the underworld to discover that they have
been recruited either for specific positions within the underworld bureaucracy, or