The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely.
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"..a stirring saga ..one that will prove popular not only for readers interested in Japan but also for those who simply want a rousing read." -- Washington Post Book World
"A captivating work." -- Atlanta Journal/Constitution
"Dramatic and exciting." -- Philadelphia Bulletin
"In all ways everything you might expect of a Japanese epic." -- Jan Morris
EIJI YOSHIKAWA was born in 1892 in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo. He began his literary career at the age of twenty-two. During his thirties he worked as a journalist while continuing to write stories and novels, reaching a large and appreciative readership through having his work published, often serially, in newspapers and popular magazines. At the time of his death in 1962, he was one of Japan's best-known and best-loved novelists. He received the Cultural Medal, the highest award for a man of letters, and other cultural decorations, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure.
CHARLES S. TERRY, the translator, was born in Mississippi in 1926 and graduated from Duke University. He first studied Japanese in the U.S. Navy during WW II and after the war received a master's degree from Columbia University in Japanese history. Resident in Japan since 1952, he also received a master's degree in Chinese history from the University of Tokyo and has since been active as a translator of works on Japanese art, architecture and history. He died in 1982.
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Book Description Harper & Row, Publishers/Kodansha International, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0068598513
Book Description Harper & Row, Publishers/Kodansha International, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0068598513
Book Description Harper & Row, Publishers/Kodan, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110068598513