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The Legend of Semimaru Blind Musician of Japan (English and Japanese Edition) by Susan Matisoff pdf epub fb2

The Legend of Semimaru Blind Musician of Japan (English and Japanese Edition) Author: Susan Matisoff
Title: The Legend of Semimaru Blind Musician of Japan (English and Japanese Edition)
ISBN: 0887276504
ISBN13: 978-0887276507
Other Formats: mbr docx lit lrf
Pages: 287 pages
Publisher: Cheng & Tsui; Updated edition (May 30, 2006)
Language: English, Japanese
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1531 kb
Size EPUB version: 1884 kb
Subcategory: History & Criticism




Whether he was a blind, wandering lute player or a beggar who was once a prince, the legend of Semimaru has endured in Japan for over one thousand years. From origins in the Golden Age of classical Japan, he attracted a significant quantity of written lore up through the 13th century, and his legend inspired many of Japan's greatest literary giants. Their works about Semimaru form a fascinating map of culture, class, and religion in the tumultuous last days of the Heian period. The Legend of Semimaru is the definitive study on the subject in English.

Semimaru is a recurring figure in poems, prose narratives, No drama and bunraku puppet plays; the three most important Semimaru works are included in their entirety here in English translation. Professor Susan Matisoff also explores the sociological background behind the legend and analyzes the various works in which Semimaru appears as a literary character, as well as the seven classic waka poems that have been attributed to him. English translations of all seven poems are included here.

This new edition of Legend of Semimaru includes a new preface, a revised translation of the play Ausaka Madman, and a supplementary bibliography.