Stories and Studies of Strange Things
By Lafcadio Hearn
(Tuttle Publishing, Paperback, 9780804836623, 256pp.)
Publication Date: March 15, 2005
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"Kwaidan" translates from the Japanese as weird tales, which perfectly describes these haunting stories.
This collection of supernatural tales includes a musician called upon to perform for the dead, man-eating goblins, and insects who uncannily mimic human behavior. A perfect treat for fans of the strange and otherworldly.
Lafcadio Hearn was one of the first great interpreters of things Japanese for Western readers. His keen intellect, poetic imagination and clear style have ensured him a devoted readership for more than a century.