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Tales of Moonlight and Rain

Tales of Moonlight and Rain

(1776)
A collection of stories by

 
First published in 1776, the nine gothic tales in this collection are Japan's finest and most celebrated examples of the literature of the occult. They subtly merge the world of reason with the realm of the uncanny and exemplify the period's fascination with the strange and the grotesque. They were also the inspiration for Mizoguchi Kenji's brilliant 1953 film Ugetsu.

The title Ugetsu monogatari (literally "rain-moon tales") alludes to the belief that mysterious beings appear on cloudy, rainy nights and in mornings with a lingering moon. In "Shiramine," the vengeful ghost of the former emperor Sutoku reassumes the role of king; in "The Chrysanthemum Vow," a faithful revenant fulfills a promise; "The Kibitsu Cauldron" tells a tale of spirit possession; and in "The Carp of My Dreams," a man straddles the boundaries between human and animal and between the waking world and the world of dreams. The remaining stories feature demons, fiends, goblins, strange dreams, and other manifestations beyond all logic and common sense.

The eerie beauty of this masterpiece owes to Akinari's masterful combination of words and phrases from Japanese classics with creatures from Chinese and Japanese fiction and lore. Along with The Tale of Genji and The Tales of the Heike, Tales of Moonlight and Rain has become a timeless work of great significance. This new translation, by a noted translator and scholar, skillfully maintains the allure and complexity of Akinari's original prose.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Translations from the Asian Classics (Hardcover))
Author(s): Ueda Ueda
ISBN: 0-231-13912-8 / 978-0-231-13912-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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January 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Translations from the Asian Classics)
Author(s): Akinari Ueda
ISBN: 0-231-51124-8 / 978-0-231-51124-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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January 1985 : Canada Hardback
Title: Ugetsu Monogatari (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works)
Author(s): Professor Akinari Ueda
ISBN: 0-7748-0026-7 / 978-0-7748-0026-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
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January 1975 : UK Hardback
Title: Ugetsu Monogatari: Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Unesco College of Representative Works)
Author(s): Akinari Ueda
ISBN: 0-04-823116-9 / 978-0-04-823116-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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June 1972 : USA Hardback
Title: Tales of Moonlight and Rain : Japanese Gothic Tales
Author(s): Uyeda Akinari
ISBN: 0-231-03631-0 / 978-0-231-03631-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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Paperback Editions

December 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Translations from the Asian Classics (Paperback))
Author(s): Akinari Ueda
ISBN: 0-231-13913-6 / 978-0-231-13913-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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Kindle Editions

December 2006 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Tales of Moonlight and Rain (Translations from the Asian Classics)
Author(s): Akinari Ueda
Publisher: Columbia University Press
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