Narrow Road to the Interior and Other Writings

Author: 芭蕉·松尾

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781570627163

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 184

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Wolf Haas' Detective Brenner series has become wildly popular around the world for a reason: They're timely, edgy stories told in a wry, quirky voice that's often hilarious, and with a protagonist it's hard not to love. In this episode, Brenner-forced out of the police force-tries to get away from detective work by taking a job as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day, while Brenner's attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena at a gas station, Helena gets snatched from the car. Abruptly out of a job, Brenner decides to investigate her disappearance on his own. With both parents in the public eye, there's no scarcity of leads-the father's latest development project has spurred public protest, and the mother's clinic has been targeted by the zealous leader of an anti-abortion group. Brenner and God is told with a dark humor that leaves no character, including Brenner, unscathed. Haas tells the story of a fallible hero who can be indecisive and world-weary, baffled and disillusioned by what he finds, but who presses forward nonetheless out of a stubborn sense of decency-a two-year-old is kidnapped, so you find her, because that's just what you do.

Narrow Road to the Interior

Author: Bashō Matsuo,Sam Hamill

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0877736448

Category: Fiction

Page: 105

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Basho is best known in the West as the author ofNarrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan. This volume includes beautiful Japanese-style illustrations by Stephen Addiss.

The Narrow Road to the Interior: Poems

Author: Kimiko Hahn

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393330273

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

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An expansive collection of prose-poetry works in the style of Japan's zuihitsu, or "running brush," explores the American Book Award-winning writer's identities as a family member, poet, and member of varied traditions.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, and Other Travel Sketches

Author: Bashō Matsuo

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140441857

Category: Poetry

Page: 167

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In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed The Narrow Road to the Deep North he was a serious student of Zen Buddhism setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changing, of the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These travel writings not only chronicle Basho’s perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him

Basho's Narrow Road

Author: Matsuo Basho

Publisher: Stone Bridge Press, Inc.

ISBN: 1611725275

Category: Poetry

Page: 192

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Matsuo Basho (1644-94) is considered Japan's greatest haiku poet. Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi) is his masterpiece. Ostensibly a chronological account of the poet's five-month journey in 1689 into the deep country north and west of the old capital, Edo, the work is in fact artful and carefully sculpted, rich in literary and Zen allusion and filled with great insights and vital rhythms. In Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages, poet and translator Hiroaki Sato presents the complete work in English and examines the threads of history, geography, philosophy, and literature that are woven into Basho's exposition. He details in particular the extent to which Basho relied on the community of writers with whom he traveled and joined in linked verse (renga) poetry sessions, an example of which, A Farewell Gift to Sora, is included in this volume. In explaining how and why Basho made the literary choices he did, Sato shows how the poet was able to transform his passing observations into words that resonate across time and culture.

Traces of Dreams

Author: Haruo Shirane

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804730990

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 381

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Basho (1644-94) is perhaps the best known Japanese poet in both Japan and the West, and this book establishes the ground for badly needed critical discussion of this critical figure by placing the works of Basho and his disciples in the context of broader social change.

Narrow Road to the American Interior

Author: Bryan Hansel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781411658875


Page: 59

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Following in the literary footsteps of Matsuo BashAi (1644 -- 1694) -- master haiku poet -- Bryan Hansel presents his travel diary of prose and haiku recounting his journey to the interior mountain ranges of the United States. Not only are Hansel's observations enlightening, but also his combination of prose and haiku elevates the poems beyond mere poetry just as BashAi transformed haiku in his celebrated Narrow Road to the Interior. This classic piece of American literature captures the interior landscape of the United States at its best. Artist, Eric Hansel, beautifully illustrates this book in Japanese paper-cut style. Bryan Hansel: During 2005, I had the chance to take a month long photography trip to the interior mountain ranges of the U.S. This book is the collected journals from that trip. Please, read the free sample included on this page.

Walking to the Sun

Author: Tom Haines

Publisher: University Press of New England

ISBN: 1512603163

Category: Nature

Page: 248

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On a winter day in 2013, Tom Haines stood in front of his basement furnace and wondered about the source of the natural gas that fueled his insulated life. During the next four years, Haines, an award-winning journalist and experienced wanderer, walked hundreds of miles through landscapes of fuel - oil, gas, and coal, and water, wind, and sun - on a crucial exploration of how we live on Earth in the face of a growing climate crisis. Can we get from the fossil fuels of today to the renewables of tomorrow? The story Haines tells in Walking to the Sun is full not only of human encounters - with roustabouts working on an oil rig, farmers tilling fields beneath wind turbines, and many others - but also of the meditative range that arrives with solitude far from home. Walking to the Sun overcomes the dislocation of our industrial times to look closely at the world around us and to consider what might come next.

Haikai Poet Yosa Buson and the Bashō Revival

Author: Cheryl A. Crowley

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004157093

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

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This book uses the haikai verse and paintings of the brilliant, innovative artist Yosa Buson (1716-1783) as a focal point from which to explore how Japanese writers competed for artistic authority in a time when popular responses to economic, technological, and social changes were creating the beginnings of a modern literature. The first part of the book discusses Buson's role in the Bash? Revival movement, situating his haikai in the context of the social networks that writers of his time both relied on and resisted. The second part explores Buson's "hokku," linked verse, and "haiga" (haikai painting). The book concludes with a discussion of Buson's reception in the modern period, and includes translations of his principal works.

Encountering Nature

Author: Dr Thomas Heyd

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409485471

Category: Philosophy

Page: 206

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This book argues that an attentive encounter with nature is of key importance for the development of an environmentally appropriate culture. The fundamental idea is that the environmental degradation that we are increasingly experiencing is best conceived as the consequence of a cultural mismatch: our cultures seem not to be appropriate to the natural environment in which we move and on which we depend in thoroughgoing ways. In addressing this problem, Thomas Heyd weaves together a rich tapestry of perspectives on human interactions with the natural world, ranging from traditional modes of managing human communities that include the natural environment, to the consideration of poetic travelogues, ecological restoration and botanic gardens. The volume is divided into three parts, which respectively consider the relation of human beings to nature in terms of ethics, aesthetics and culture. It engages the current literature in each of these areas with the help of inter-disciplinary approaches, as well as on the basis of personal encounters with natural spaces and processes. The ultimate aim of this book is to make a contribution to the development of a cultural fabric that is suitable to the natural spaces and processes in which we may thrive, and on which we all depend as individuals and as a species.