April 2017 Fiction & Entertainment University of Minnesota Press

Posthumanities

The Book of the Dead Orikuchi Shinobu, translated by Jeffrey Angles, commentaries by Ando Reiji

Posthumanities

The Book of the Dead
Orikuchi Shinobu, translated by Jeffrey Angles, commentaries by Ando Reiji


Paperback (Trade paperback US) | Apr 2017 | University of Minnesota Press | 9780816688104 | 352pp | 215x139mm | GEN | AUD$39.99, NZD$47.99
Hardback | Mar 2017 | University of Minnesota Press | 9780816688098 | 352pp | 215x139mm | RFB | AUD$136.99, NZD$164.00

First published in 1939 and extensively revised in 1943, The Book of the Dead, loosely inspired by the tale of Isis and Osiris from ancient Egypt, is a sweeping historical romance that tells a gothic tale of love between a noblewoman and a ghost in eighth-century Japan. Its author, Orikuchi Shinobu, was a well-received novelist, distinguished poet, and an esteemed scholar. He is often considered one of the fathers of Japanese folklore studies, and The Book of the Dead is without a doubt the most important novel of Orikuchi s career and it is a book like no other.

Here, for the first time, is the complete English translation of Orikuchi s masterwork, whose vast influence is evidenced by multiple critical studies dedicated to it and by its many adaptations, which include an animated film and a popular manga. This translation features an introduction by award-winning translator Jeffrey Angles discussing the historical background of the work as well as its major themes: the ancient origins of the Japanese nation, the development of religion in a modernizing society, and the devotion necessary to create a masterpiece.