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Narrow Road to the Interior and other writings by Mastuo Basho, translated by Sam Hamill
Narrow Road to the Interior and other writings by Mastuo Bashō, translated by Sam Hamill

“The moon and sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. 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.” – Opening lines of Narrow Road to the Interior

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.

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This volume includes a masterful translation of this celebrated work along with three other less well-known but important works by Basho, Travelogue of Weather-Beaten Bones, The Knapsack Notebook, and Sarashina Travelogue. There is also a selection of over 250 of Basho’s finest haiku. In addition, the translator has provided an introduction detailing Basho’s life and work and an essay on the art of haiku.

”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.

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