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Tuttle Classics

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things Lafcadio Hearn

Tuttle Classics

Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things
Lafcadio Hearn


Paperback | New edition | Mar 2005 | Tuttle Publishing | 9780804836623 | 256pp | 203x130mm | GEN | AUD$24.99

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Known primarily as an early interpreter of Japanese culture and customs, the famous writer Lafcadio Hearn also wrote ghost stories—"delicate, transparent, ghostly sketches"—about his adopted land. Many of the stories found in Kwaidan, "stories and studies of strange things," are based on Japanese tales of long ago told to him by his wife; others possibly have a Chinese origin. All have been re-colored and reshaped by Hearn's inimitable hand. Some critics attribute Hearn's fascination with eerie tales to his partial blindness. Whatever its roots, he was clearly drawn to the hidden realms of the spirit world and to strange facts and marvels. In this collection of unforgettably haunting stories, Hearn brings together "the meeting of three ways"—the austere dreams of India, the subtle beauty of Japan and the relentless science of the Western world.