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The Man Who Sold a Ghost: Chinese Tales of the 3rd-6th Centuries
The Man Who Sold a Ghost Chinese Tales of the 3rd-6th Centuries Author:Yang Hsien-yi (Translator), Gladys Yang (Translator) This is a collection of some of the best Chinese tales and anecdotes from the third to the sixth century. Most of these stories deal with the supernatural, some are folk tales, yet others are pen-pictures of historical figures. — These stories give us exciting and intimate glimpses of four troubled centuries in Chinese history. Frequent civil war... more »s made the lot of the Chinese people a bitter one. Peasants were often goaded to revolt, intellectuals to turn hermit or to seek consolation in wine or religion and the spread of Buddhism heightened the interest in the world of spirits.
These tales have a unique place in Chinese literature and their influence upon the subsequent development of Chinese fiction was immense. Their form was copied right down to the nineteenth century, and some of them were adapted by later dramatists, poets or prose-writers.
The 55 stories in this volume have been gathered from eighteen source books dating from the 3rd to 6th centuries.« less