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The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts
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This collection of parables written by an eighteenth-century samurai is a classic of martial arts literature.

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William Scott Wilson is the foremost translator into English of traditional Japanese texts on samurai culture. His best-selling translations include Hagakure and The Book of Five Rings.

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"In keeping with his author's aims, William Scott Wilson, in his elegant and erudite translation, embeds the sermon between a kind of overture and a postlude comprising some of the charming animal allegories to be found in another Chozanshi book, the 'Inaka Soshi' (here winningly rendered as 'The Hayseed Taoist'). The centipede questions the snake, the sea gull and the mayfly discuss the 'Tao,' and the toad speaks of the way of the gods. Their message is very like that of the demon-get down to essentials, forget yourself, rely on nothing, search for the heart of the truth."-Japan Times

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