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A Zen Romance

Deborah Boliver Boehm

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ISBN 10: 4770020325 / ISBN 13: 9784770020321
Published by Kodansha International, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Inscribed, "With best wishes", and SIGNED by Deborah Boliver Boehm on the front endpaper. The volume is lightly bumped along the edges. The unclipped dust jacket is lightly rubbed and scraped along the edges and folds. The jacket is now protected in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 12103002

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Title: A Zen Romance

Publisher: Kodansha International

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition

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A Zen Romance is a madcap memoir by an American woman who went to Japan in the late 1960s and - much to her own surprise - lost her heart to Zen. When the author first went to Japan to study the language, she was relatively unaffected by the Zen fervor then gripping young people across the United States. She was even known to announce, only half-jokingly, that she was going to Japan to "get away from Zen." But as it happened, the small room she rented in Kyoto was actually on the grounds of an ancient monastery. Over the course of months of conversation and meals with the monks, her wry sense of humor and unfailing generosity endeared her to them. Meanwhile, their practical, down-to-earth values made the religion a lot more appealing and accessible than she'd expected. Soon she was completely captivated by the wit and paradoxes of Zen, and even became the first foreigner allowed to take part in that temple's O-Zesshin, a week of intensive manual labor and meditation. However, just to complicate things a bit, one of the men there happened to look quite striking with his shaved head and subdued kimono. And before long she had caught his eye as well...

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Deborah Boliver Boehm is a travel writer and literary translator. She is author of Ghost of a Smile (Kodansha International), which is a collection of short stories. Her translation of a Japanese mystery by Akimitsu Takagi, The Tattoo Murder Case, is published by Soho Press. She lives on an island in Puget Sound.

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