Finding Them Gone: Visiting China's Poets of the Past by Red Pine

By Red Pine

"A go back and forth author with a cult following."—The big apple instances

"There are only a few westerners who may perhaps effectively hide quite a bit territory in China, yet Porter pulls it off. Finding Them Gone uniquely attracts upon his parallel careers as a translator and a commute author in ways in which his past books haven't. an entire life dedicated to knowing chinese language tradition and spirituality blossoms inside its pages to create anything actually rare."—The la e-book Review

To pay homage to China's maximum poets, popular translator invoice Porter—who can be identified by way of his chinese language identify "Red Pine"—traveled all through China vacationing dozens of poets' graves and appearing idiosyncratic rituals that featured Kentucky bourbon and studying poems aloud to the spirits.

Combining travelogue, translations, background, and private tales, this intimate and fast paced travel of recent China celebrates inspirational landscapes and provides translations of classical poems, a lot of that have by no means earlier than been translated into English.

Porter is a former radio commentator dependent in Hong Kong who really expert in travelogues. As such, he's an enjoyable storyteller who's deeply familiar with chinese language tradition, either historical and sleek, who brings readers into the journey—from status on the fringe of the trash pit that was once Tu Mu's grave to sitting in Han Shan's cave the place the Buddhist hermit "Butterfly lady" serves him tea.

Illustrated with over 100 images and 200 poems, Finding Them long past combines the affection of shuttle with an irrepressible exuberance for poetry. As Porter writes: "The graves of the poets i might been vacationing have been so assorted. a few have been uncomplicated, a few palatial, a few have been plowed lower than by means of farmers, and others were lowered to trash pits. Their poems, notwithstanding, had survived... Poetry is transcendent. we stock it in our hearts and locate it there once we have forgotten every thing else."

In compliment of invoice Porter/Red Pine:

"In the shuttle writing that has made him so well known in China, Porter's tone isn't reverential yet explanatory, and packed with luminous asides... His aim is to inform foreigners approximately revealing byways of chinese language culture."—New York evaluate of Books

“Porter is an amiable and an expert consultant. The day-by-day entries themselves healthy squarely within the travelogue style, seamlessly combining the main points of his routes and encounters with the poets’ biographies, chinese language histories, and a beneficiant aiding of the poetry itself. Porter’s wisdom of the topic and his curation of the poems make this ebook really worth analyzing for tourists and poetry readers alike. It’s like a survey path in chinese language poetry—but one during which the readings are very good, the professor doesn’t take himself too heavily, and the sector journeys contain sharing Stagg bourbon with the deceased.”—Publishers Weekly

"Red Pine's out-of-the-mainstream paintings is canny and clearheaded, and it has immeasurably better Zen/Taoist literature and practice."—Kyoto Journal

"Bill Porter has been probably the most prolific translators of chinese language texts, whereas additionally constructing right into a trip author with a cult following."—The big apple Times

"Red Pine's succinct and informative notes for every poem are middle samples of the cultural, political, and literary historical past of China." —Asian Reporter

Poets’ graves visited (partial list): Li Pai, Tu Fu, Wang Wei, Su Tung-p’o, Hsueh T’ao, Chia Tao, Wei Ying-wu, Shih-wu (Stonehouse), Han-shan (Cold Mountain).

Bill Porter (a.k.a. "Red Pine") is well known as one of many world's best translators of chinese language non secular and poetic texts. His best-selling books inc

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