Journey to the West

ISBN-10: 0226971325

ISBN-13: 9780226971322

Edition: 2012 (Revised)

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Anthony C. Yu’s translation ofThe Journey to the West,initially published in 1983, introduced English-speaking audiences to the classic Chinese novel in its entirety for the first time. Written in the sixteenth century,The Journey to the Westtells the story of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, one of China’s most famous religious heroes, and his three supernatural disciples, in search of Buddhist scriptures. Throughout his journey, Xuanzang fights demons who wish to eat him, communes with spirits, and traverses a land riddled with a multitude of obstacles, both real and fantastical. An adventure rich with danger and excitement, this seminal work of the Chinese literary canonis by turns allegory, satire, and fantasy.        With over a hundred chapters written in both prose and poetry,The Journey to the Westhas always been a complicated and difficult text to render in English while preserving the lyricism of its language and the content of its plot. But Yu has successfully taken on the task, and in this new edition he has made his translations even more accurate and accessible. The explanatory notes are updated and augmented, and Yu has added new material to his introduction, based on his original research as well as on the newest literary criticism and scholarship on Chinese religious traditions. He has also modernized the transliterations included in each volume, using the now-standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization system. Perhaps most important, Yu has made changes to the translation itself in order to make it as precise as possible.         One of the great works of Chinese literature,The Journey to the Westis not only invaluable to scholars of Eastern religion and literature, but, in Yu’s elegant rendering, also a delight for any reader.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The divine root conceives, its source revealed; Mind and nature nurtured, the Great Dao is born
Fully awoke to Bodhi's wondrous truths; He cuts off Mara, returns to the root, and joins Primal Spirit
Four Seas and a Thousand Mountains all bow to submit; From Ninefold Darkness ten species' names are removed
Appointed a BanHorse, could he be content? Named Equal to Heaven, he's still not appeased
Disrupting the Peach Festival, the Great Sage steals elixir; With revolt in Heaven, many gods would seize the fiend
Guanyin, attending the banquet, inquires into the cause; The Little Sage, exerting his power, subdues the Great Sage
From the Eight Trigrams Brazier the Great Sage escapes; Beneath the Five Phases Mountain, Mind Monkey is still
Our Buddha makes scriptures to impart ultimate bliss; Guanyin receives the decree to go up to Chang'an
Chen Guangrui, going to his post, meets disaster; Monk River Float, avenging his parents, repays his roots
The Old Dragon King's foolish schemes transgress Heaven's decrees; Prime Minister Wei's letter seeks help from an official of the dead
Having toured the Underworld, Taizong returns to life; Having presented melons and fruits, Liu Quan marries again
The Tang emperor, firmly sincere, convenes a Grand Mass; Guanyin, in epiphany, converts Gold Cicada
In the den of tigers, the Gold Star brings deliverance; At Double-Fork Ridge, Boqin detains the monk
Mind Monkey returns to the Right; The Six Robbers vanish from sight
At Serpent Coil Mountain, the gods give secret protection; At Eagle Grief Stream, the Horse of the Will is reined
At Guanyin Hall the monks plot for the treasure; At Black Wind Mountain a monster steals the cassock
Pilgrim Sun greatly disturbs the Black Wind Mountain; Guanshiyin brings to submission the bear monster
At Guanyin Hall the Tang Monk leaves his ordeal; At Gao Village the Great Sage casts out the monster
At Cloudy Paths Cave, Wukong takes in Eight Rules; At Pagoda Mountain, Tripitaka receives the Heart Sutra
At Yellow Wind Ridge the Tang Monk meets adversity; In mid-mountain, Eight Rules strives to be first
The Viharapalas prepare lodging for the Great Sage; Lingji of Sumeru crushes the wind demon
Eight Rules fights fiercely at the Flowing-Sand River; Moksa by order receives Wujing's submission
Tripitaka does not forget his origin; The Four Sages test the priestly mind
At Long Life Mountain the Great Immortal detains his old friend; At Five Villages Abbey, Pilgrim steals the ginseng fruit
The Zhenyuan Immortal gives chase to catch the scripture monk; Pilgrim Sun greatly disturbs Five Villages Abbey
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