Stories to Awaken the World

Stories to Awaken the World

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Stories to Awaken the World, the first complete translation of Xingshi hengyan, completes the publication in English of the famous three-volume set of Feng Menglong's popular Chinese-vernacular stories. These tales, which come from a variety of sources (some dating back centuries before their compilation in the seventeenth century), were assembled and circulated by Feng, who not only saved them from oblivion but raised the status of vernacular literature and provided material for authors of the great Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) novels to draw upon. This trilogy has been compared to Boccaccio's Decameron and the stories of A Thousand and One Nights. Peopled with scholars, emperors, ministers, generals, and a gallery of ordinary men and women - merchants and artisans, prostitutes and courtesans, matchmakers and fortune-tellers, monks and nuns, thieves and imposters - the stories provide a vivid panorama of the bustling world of late imperial China. The longest volume in the Sanyan trilogy, Stories to Awaken the World is presented in full here, including sexually explicit elements often omitted from Chinese editions.Why would they want to turn it into a temple and ask for donations to build a gold statue? They are such fools that even if they get the money, theya#39;ll lose it to some swindler. ... While they were marveling, they saw that a shaft of divine light shone forth from the head of the statue and changed into three white clouds. On theanbsp;...

Title:Stories to Awaken the World
Author:Menglong Feng, Yunqin Yang
Publisher:University of Washington Press - 2014-08-01


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