Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

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Stone Bridge Press, Feb 20, 2007 - Fiction - 142 pages
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A miscellany of ghost stories, odd tales, and curious observations by a master storyteller who penetrated Japan more deeply than any other Westerner. Lafcadio Hearn captures the folk spirit and quaint “exoticism” of a land thought at the time to be both mysterious and sinister.

Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) gained Japanese citizenship and wrote many books about Japan for Western readers.

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User Review  - Vasiliki Rayane - Goodreads

I truly enjoyed this read for so many reasons. The book is comprised by two parts, Kwaidan and Insect Studies. The former is a collection of various folklore Japanese tales and stories,whilst the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Philipp - Goodreads

Fun ghost stories from 1905; mostly strange to me as a European because our "traditional" stories always have a moral, or some point, like "don't stray from the given path", "listen to your superiors ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Hearn (1850-1904) was born in Levkas, Greece, as the son of Greek and British parents. In 1869 he went to the United States and did various work, finally as a journalist. In 1890 he came to Japan and taught English in Japanese schools, and became a Japanese citizen under the name of Koizumi Yakuma. He died in Tokyo.

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