Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (1644-1694) – who elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty – is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan.
”One of the undisputed masterpieces of Japanese literature.... Hamill achieves a kind of luminosity of language that I find unparalleled in other translations of this work.” – Burton Watson
Sam Hamill is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and translations from classical Chinese and Japanese, ancient Greek, Latin, and other languages. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew Mellen Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.
185 pages. Paperback.