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Author:
Lafcadio Hearn
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978-4925080514
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4925080512
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ICG Muse; illustrated edition edition (January 25, 2003)
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Essays & Correspondence
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In Exotics and Retrospectives, Lafcadio Hearn plays the role not only of tour guide, but also dreamscaper.

In Exotics and Retrospectives, Lafcadio Hearn plays the role not only of tour guide, but also dreamscaper. Whether through his narrative recounting of Japanese customs and traditional tales, or while sharing his personal observations and flights of fancy, Hearn's graceful and poetic prose enables the reader to enter a foreign world. Covering subjects from Buddhism to beaut In Exotics and Retrospectives, Lafcadio Hearn plays the role not only of tour guide, but also dreamscaper

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (/hɜːrn/; Greek: Πατρίκιος Λευκάδιος Χερν; 27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲), was a writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese l. .

Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (/hɜːrn/; Greek: Πατρίκιος Λευκάδιος Χερν; 27 June 1850 – 26 September 1904), known also by the Japanese name Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲), was a writer, known best for his books about Japan, especially his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories, such as Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things. In the United States, Hearn is also known for his writings about the city of New Orleans based on his ten-year stay in that city.

He also wrote In Ghostly Japan (1899), and Kwaidan (1904). Exotics and Retrospectives. He also wrote In Ghostly Japan (1899), and Kwaidan (1904).

LibriVox recording of Exotics and Retrospectives by Lafcadio Hearn. Read in English by Librivox Volunteers. Lafcadio Hearn, born 1850 in Greece, went to Japan when he was 40 years old and became a Japanese citizen only six years later

LibriVox recording of Exotics and Retrospectives by Lafcadio Hearn. Lafcadio Hearn, born 1850 in Greece, went to Japan when he was 40 years old and became a Japanese citizen only six years later. His writings about Japan from the beginning of the Meiji era, when the country was just opening to the West, remain among the most important explanations of Japanese culture. This book contains in the first part, "Exotics", his observations of and personal insights into Japan.

Even the worst tea is sweet when first made from the new leaf. Here is a Lafcadio Hearn gem about Japanese customs and traditions destined to survive the inroads of time and Western trends. This masterpiece has the deep azure patina of Fuji-san; it utters the chirping notes of Suzumushi, the caged insect; it is as melodious as Kajika, the singing frog-and is an altogether delightful and entrancing portrayal of a nation's Exotics and Retrospectives," told by a master storyteller. Classics Biographies Memoirs.

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Exotics and Retrospectives - Lafcadio Hearn

Exotics and Retrospectives - Lafcadio Hearn. But the Japanese artist, through his marvellous skill with the writing-brush,-the skill inherited from generations of calligraphists,-easily faces the riddle: he outlines the silhouette with two flowing strokes made in the fraction of a second, and manages to hit the exact truth of the curves,-much as a professional archer might hit a mark, without consciously taking aim, through long.

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was born on the Greek island of Lefkas, the son of an Anglo-Irish surgeon in the British army and a Greek mother. After his parent's divorce when he was six, he was brought up in Dublin by a great aunt. At the age of nineteen, he went to America, eventually ending up in New Orleans as a newspaper reporter. His flight from Western materialism brought him to Japan in 1890, where he worked for an English newspaper, the Kobe Chronicle, and taught in various schools. In 1896, he began teaching English literature at Tokyo Imperial University, a position he held until.

Lafcadio Hearn, born 1850 in Greece, went to Japan when he was 40 years old and became a Japanese citizen only 6 years later

Lafcadio Hearn, born 1850 in Greece, went to Japan when he was 40 years old and became a Japanese citizen only 6 years later.

A colllections of the finest essays by Hearn, with good examples of his work demonstrating the evolution of his style and subject matter.
  • "Exotics and Retrospectives" completes ICG Muse's collection of the writings of turn-of-the-century Japanologist Lafcadio Hearn. Probably the least re-printed of Hearn's writing, it remarkably contains some of his most vital musings.

    As a collection, the books is a hodge-podge of subjects and quality. Split into two halves, "Exotics" contains his familiar subject of articles on Japan, then an undiscovered country having been open for trade to the world for only about 50 years. Like the reporter that he is, he chronicles both the day-to-day life of the populace, as well as his own inner impressions. The second half, "Retrospectives," is almost all personal insight into both Japan, death and other places where his mind and body take him. They are much more personal articles than is found in a usual Hearn collection, and say much more about the author than his adopted country.

    Exotics:

    "Fuji no Yama" - Absolutely one of my favorite Hearn articles. It is a true-life account of his scaling of Mt. Fuji, and the bitter struggle both personal and physical that it involves. Having faced the challenge myself, I could relate to every heavy step, and was amazed at how little the path has changed in 100+ years. A masterpiece.

    "Insect Musicians" - An account of the "musical insect" trade that thrived in Japan at the time. The trade has long vanished, and this is an incredible window on the past, including prices and varieties of the prized insects, and the best places to hunt them and hear them.

    "A Question in the Zen Texts" - A brief conversation about Zen, regarding a familiar story in a Chinese text.

    "Literature of the Dead" - A lengthy voyage through headstone memorials in a local Buddhist burial ground, detailing the giving of posthumous Buddhist names and how one can recognize the various Buddhist sects by the style of inscription.

    "Frogs" - A discussion of the importance of frogs in Japanese folklore and poetry.

    "Of Moon Desire" - Thoughts on the Buddhist mind in corroboration with desire for the Universal.

    Retrospectives

    "First Impressions" - Thoughts on photography, faces and what it means to have a first impression.

    "Beauty is Memory" - Why do we remember the beautiful more than the ugly?

    "Sadness in Beauty" - The beauty of melancholy.

    "Parfum de Jeunesse" - The sexual and luring odor of youthful beauty.

    "Azure Psychology" - Why is blue such a rare naturally occurring color? Why does the color make us feel so strongly?

    "A Serenade" - An awakening by a sudden melody in the night brings emotion.

    "A Red Sunset" - Reflections on an impressive sunset.

    "Frisson" - The joy of human touch.

    "Vespertina Cognito" - Fear of the supernatural.

    "The Eternal Haunter" - Musings on a painting.

  • If you are planning to visit Japan, this book should be a must read. Although the author is a a Westerner, he has a unique insight into Japanese culture.