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Translated and edited by Moss Roberts, this collection of newly translated tales opens up a magical world far from our customary haunts. Ghost stories, romances, fables, and heroic sagas: the forms are familiar, but the characters we meet surprise us at every turn. For those who know and loves the tales of Grimm and Andersen, the universal themes of fairy literature emerge in these classic stories with a sophistication uniquely Chinese and altogether entrancing.
"These tales from China are richly underscored by an ancient philosophical battle--the Taoist challenge to the hierarchical rigidity of the Confucian order--which gives the stories an edge and power uniquely their own. an enthralling collection."--Los Angeles Times