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.
Pu Songling. on that compassionate gesture dooms him to remain a spirit in the
underworld. The redemptive facet of the Hell ... This is something that Pu's
readers come to accept, but that his characters never seem to anticipate: hence
an irate ...
Pu Songling. or malfeasance, or to be a capricious harvesting of talented
individuals to serve the whims of the underworld powers, is ultimately a function
of karma, the doctrine that what one does in one life will inevitably affect one's lot
in the ...