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The Monkey and the Monk


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Anthony C. Yu is the Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, where he has held appointments in the Divinity School, in the departments of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, English, and Comparative Literature, and served on the Committee on Social Thought.


"The Journey to the West tells the story of monk Xuanzang's 17-year journey from Tang China to India in the seventh century to secure Buddhist texts for translation. Anthony C. Yu, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Chicago, who produced a massive, wonderful four-volume translation of the work in the 1970s and 1980s, has now written a single-volume, concise version of the epic. Blending cosmology, scripture, adventure, rivers 800 miles wide, and travelogue, this elegant volume retains a mythic quality and is full of musical language and the pomp of classical Chinese literature." -- R. K. Dickson, Bloomsbury Review --R. K. Dickson "Bloomsbury Review"

"A new translation of a major literary text which totally supersedes the best existing version. . . . It establishes beyond contention the position of The Journey to the West in world literature, while at the same time throwing open wide the doors to interpretive study on the part of the English audience."Modern Language Notes, on the unabridged translation>-- "Modern Language Notes, on the unabridged translation"

"One of the greatest ventures of our time in humanistic translation and publication." --New York Times Book Review, on the unabridged translation>-- "New York Times Book Review, on the unabridged translation"

"This is a deftly streamlined version of Anthony Yu's complete translation of the famous Ming dynasty novel The Journey to the West. The Monkey and the Monk offers a generous selection of carefully chosen chapters, preserving the essential outlines of the story and including all of the main characters who are familiar to young and old alike in China: the monk, the monkey, the white horse, the pig, and the sand-spirit. Reading through this marvelous abridgment, one can experience the whole range of rapture and transformation occasioned by the pilgrimage to India in search of Buddhist scriptures undertaken by the Tang monk Xuanzang and his four faithful companions."Wandering on the Way and Tao Te Ching>--Victor H. Mair, translator of Wandering on the Way and Tao Te Ching

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