On the Narrow Road to the Deep North(1989)
A Journey Into Lost Japan
A non fiction book by Lesley Downer
In 1689 Matsuo Basho, a Japanese poet, set out on his last and longest journey, to the remote northern provinces. His account, rich in strange, surreal and comic encounters along the road, is a famous work in Japanese literature. Three hundred years later, inspired by Basho's writing and her writing for Japan, Lesley Downer set off in his footsteps. Walking and hitchhiking hermit priests, meeting people who had never seen a Westerner and dining on flowers and sauteed grasshoppers, she discovered a world which most Japanese believe vanished centuries ago.
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Used availability for Lesley Downer's On the Narrow Road to the Deep North
July 1989 : USA Hardback
March 1989 : UK Hardback
October 2013 : USA Paperback
August 1990 : UK Paperback
July 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition