Press Release: Japanese Tales

Japanese Tales

Peter Matthiessen

Translated, edited and Introduced by Royall Tyler
Illustrated by Yuko Shimizu

‘Few readers who start the book will be able to resist going through to the end.’
the new york times sunday book review

A window into a long-vanished culture that still fascinates, this collection of 170 tales introduces us to a broad tableau of characters: saints and scoundrels, ghosts and magical healers and a vast assortment of deities and demons. The tales cover unexpected themes such as Surprises, Monk Jokes and Oddities; all offer invaluable insights into Japan’s cultural heritage.

Despite many of the tales’ almost 1,000-year history, Royall Tyler’s sympathetic and colloquial translations ensure the human conditions they convey are not so far removed from our modern experience. Compassion, jealousy, lust, benevolence, greed, charity – all these traits and more are depicted in this diverse work of reality and fantasy, populated by a large cast of mythical and human figures.

This beautiful collection is illustrated by New York-based artist Yuko Shimizu who effortlessly blends classical Japanese style with contemporary influences. Specially commissioned for this Folio edition, Shimizu has created single and double-page full-colour illustrations, as well as black-and-white line drawings. Her interpretations of the stories are bold and vivid with touches of mysticism. Her designs extend to the elegant blocked-cloth binding and a die-cut and blocked slipcase. This new edition is finished with silver page tops and a marker ribbon.

Japanese Tales is translated, edited and introduced by Royall Tyler; his comprehensive essay contextualises the remarkable stories that follow. Novices and experts on Japanese culture alike will be captivated by his overview of everything from architecture and cosmology to religion and the supernatural.

Product information
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Fournier. 368 pages. 8 colour illustrations (including 4 double-page spreads) and 10 integrated black & white illustrations. Printed endpapers. Silver tops. Die-cut and blocked slipcase. Marker ribbon. 11˝ x 7¼˝.

UK £75.00 US $112.00 Can $150.00 Aus $150.00





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