Narrow Road to the Interior

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Shambhala Publications, 1991 - Fiction - 105 pages
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Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) was the greatest of the Japanese haiku poets, whose genius elevated the haiku to an art form of intense spiritual beauty. The masterpiece of Basho's career and one of the most revered classics of Japanese literature, is a diary, written in prose and haiku, of Basho's journey to the northern interior of Japan. But NARROW ROAD TO THE INTERIOR is much more than a simple travel journal, it is also an expression of spiritual yearning. Deeply influenced by Zen, Basho sought to capture the essential and transparent nature of the people and places he encountered along the way. What emerges is a poignantly beautiful quest for selflessness.

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Basho (1644-1694)--the most revered poet of Japanese literature--is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of his journey through northern Japan. Basho elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty. His travel diaries of linked prose and haiku created a new genre of writing that inspired generations of Japanese poets.

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