Four huts: Asian writings on the simple life

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Shambhala, Jul 16, 2002 - Literary Collections - 98 pages
The short works collected in Four Huts give voice to one of the most treasured aesthetic and spiritual ideals of Asia—that of a simple life lived in a simple dwelling. The texts were written between the ninth and the seventeenth centuries and convey each author's underlying sense of the world and what is to be valued in it. Four Huts presents original translations by Burton Watson—one of the most respected translators of Chinese and Japanese literature. The qualities that emerge from these writings are an awareness of impermanence, love of nature, fondness for poetry and music, and an appreciation of the quiet life. Four Huts features eleven brush paintings by artist Stephen Addiss.

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This small book contains English translations of four works from China (one) and Japan (three) that were written between the ninth and seventeenth centuries but all share a common theme: a simple life ... Read full review


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Burton Watson has taught Chinese and Japanese literature at Columbia, Stanford, and Kyoto Universities. He is the winner of the PEN Translation Prize and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Prize in literature.

Stephen Addiss serves as Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities: Art, University of Richmond.

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