Revered to be the greatest Japanese poet, Basho was born in , some 30 The Narrow Road to the Interior is Basho’s most famous travel. Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (–)—who elevated the haiku . to his lucid and engaging translation of Bashō’s greatest achievement, his famed travelogue Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi).

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In autumn I returned to my cottage on the river and swept away the cobwebs. Bernie Gourley Top Contributor: One of the great masterpieces of Buddhist literature — or, indeed, of literature of any sort. The years that come and go are also voyagers. Mar 23, Sher rated it really liked it.

It may be his best known work, but his I read the Shambhala Press edition …every roa is a journey, and the journey itself is home. With prose descriptions Matsuo Basho’s travels interspersed with Haiku written along the way this edition makes for great reading. I read this and Nobuyuki Yuasa’s translation together. There is nothing in the cry of the cicada that suggests it is about to die Old spider! I began the book knowing how much I love travelogues, which this is described as being on Amazon.

Even if you don’t care much for poetry, this iterior be read as a fascinating travelogue. Start reading Narrow Road to the Interior on your Kindle in under a minute. Still I have always been drawn by wind-blown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering. Although this Shambhala edition interilr its title from the best known of the works, it includes all four travel journals as well as an extensive selection of Haiku.


Even the years wander on. I sat, feeling my heart tye to open. I preferred Hamill’s introduction.

The ‘interior’ here is not only the ‘interior’ of Japan, the essence of so much of its history, A lovely book, spare and clean and beautiful. Hamill achieves a kind of luminosity of language that I find unparalleled in other translations of this work. To ask other readers questions about Narrow Road to the Interiorhhe sign up.

I read the first section in all of them and this one, by Sam Hamill, was my favorite A pretty enjoyable slim little volume, though not a source of any great inspiration for me.

A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. I crawled among boulders to th my bows at shrines. Where is it from? Buy the selected items together This item: Showing of 30 reviews. And Other Writings Shambhala Classics.

Narrow Road to the Interior

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Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings by Matsuo Bashō

Seventeenth century haiku and prose -travelogue of the great poet Basho. English Choose a language for shopping. This site uses cookies. This poetic diary is in the form known as haibuna combination of prose and haiku.


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Jnterior Basho served a Samurai household until the master of that house died. In that very attempt, the poem presents is own beauty. Traveling Alone with the poetry and spirit of Basho Traveling narriw Japan, a light stroll through the works of Basho,while on a bus or shinkansen, is a great way to spend your time. In other projects Wikivoyage. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Sunday, January 6, A very neat little book with great art work. Nov 05, Nicola rated it really liked it. By then I could think of nothing but the moon at Matsushima.

It meant a few miles extra, doubling back toward Obanazawa to find shelter. Very difficult to read. Also in Shambhala Classics. In fact, the hope to make that connection is a thw for going on pilgrimage.

The Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

Such is the magic of a fine translation. Basho — —the most revered poet of Japanese literature—is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interiora travel diary of his journey through northern Japan.

Basho had much more rigid rules behind his haiku.