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Visions of a Torn World


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Visions of a Torn World

by Chomei Kamo (Author)
by Chomei Kamo-No (Author)
David Jenkins (Editor)
Yasuhiko Moriguchi (Editor)
Michael Hofmann (Illustrator)
Yasuhiko Moriguchi (Translator)



ISBN: 9781880656228


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An extraordinary literary work from the 12th century, a meditation on nature and mortality.

Japan's capital city of Kyoto was devastated by earthquake, storm, and fire in the late 12th century. Retreating from "this unkind world," the poet and Buddhist priest Kamo-no-Chomei left the capital for the forested mountains, where he eventually constructed his famous "ten-foot-square" hut. From this solitary vantage point Chomei produced Hojoki, an extraordinary literary work that describes all he has seen of human misery and his new life of simple chores, walks, and acts of kindness. Yet at the end he questions his own sanity and the integrity of his purpose. Has he perhaps grown too attached to his detachment?


ISBN 1880656221
ISBN13 9781880656228
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/09/1996
Pages 96
Weight (grammes) 128
Published in United States
Height (mm) 218
Width (mm) 129