Japanese Death Poems Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death

ISBN-10: 0804831793
ISBN-13: 9780804831796
Edition: N/A
Authors: Yoel Hoffmann
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 4/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Although the consciousness of death is in most cultures very much a part of life, this is perhaps nowhere more true than in Japan, where the approach of death has given rise to a centuries-old tradition of writing jisei, or the "death poem" written in the very last moments of the poet's life. From passionate samurai writins and meditative Zen haiku to the satirical poems of later centuries, Hundreds of jisei have been translated into English here, many for the first time. the result is a moving, powerful collection whose philosophical and aethetic profundity will give readers pause.

Yoel Hoffmann was born in Brasow, Romania in 1937. He is presently a citizen of Israel, and is Professor of Eastern Philosophy at the U. of Haifa. He has had a lifelong scholarly engagement with Hebrew literature, Western philosophy, and Japanese Buddhism. His is the winner of the first Koret Jewish Book Award. His books include The Heart is Katmandu, Bernhardt, The Christ of Fish, and Katschen & The Book of Joseph.

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