Japanese Ghost Stories

Japanese Ghost Stories

by Lafcadio Hearn

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 06/08/2019

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A selection of Lafcadio Hearn's brilliantly entertaining and eerie ghost stories, regarded as major classics in Japan.

In this collection of classic ghost stories from Japan, beautiful princesses turn out to be frogs, paintings come alive, deadly spectral brides haunt the living, and a samurai delivers the baby of a Shinto goddess with mystical help. Here are all the phantoms and ghouls of Japanese folklore: 'rokuro-kubi', whose heads separate from their bodies at night; 'jikininki', or flesh-eating goblins; and terrifying faceless 'mujina' who haunt lonely neighbourhoods. Lafcadio Hearn, a master storyteller, drew on traditional Japanese folklore, infused with memories of his own haunted childhood in Ireland, to create these chilling tales. They are today regarded in Japan as classics in their own right.

ISBN:
9780241381274
9780241381274
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
06-08-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Penguin Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
272
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x18mm
Weight:
0.37kg
Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) was instrumental in introducing Western readers to Japanese culture and literature. Raised in Dublin and a longtime resident of the United States, the writer, translator, and teacher adopted Japanese citizenship and served as Professor of English Literature at the Imperial University of Tokyo.

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