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Title:
Musashi
Author:
Yoshikawa, Eiji, 1892-1962.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Miyamoto Musashi. English
Edition:
[New] edition.
Publication Information:
Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 1995.

©1981
Physical Description:
xiii, 970 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Musashi Miyamoto fights in 1600 for the losing side of the battle at Sekigahara when the Tokugawa Shogunate begins its reign.
General Note:
Translation of: Miyamoto Musashi.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9784770019578
Format :
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This work tells of the legendary samurai who was the greatest swordsman of all time. The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman. Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely.


Author Notes

EIJI YOSHIKAWA was born in 1892 in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo. He began his literary career at the age of twenty-two. During his thirties he worked as a journalist while continuing to write stories and novels, reaching a large and appreciative readership through having his work published, often serially, in newspapers and popular magazines. At the time of his death in 1962, he was one of Japan's best-known and best-loved novelists. He received the Cultural Medal, the highest award for a man of letters, and other cultural decorations, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure.


CHARLES S. TERRY , the translator, was born in Mississippi in 1926 and graduated from Duke University. He first studied Japanese in the U.S. Navy during WW II and after the war received a master's degree from Columbia University in Japanese history. Resident in Japan since 1952, he also received a master's degree in Chinese history from the University of Tokyo and has since been active as a translator of works on Japanese art, architecture and history. He died in 1982.