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Journey to the West is a classic Chinese mythological novel. It was written during the Ming Dynasty based on traditional folktales. Consisting of 100 chapters, this fantasy relates the adventures of a Tang Dynasty (618-907) priest Sanzang and his three disciples, Monkey, Pig and Friar Sand, as they travel west in search of Buddhist Sutra. The first seven chapters recount the birth of the Monkey King and his rebellion against Heaven. Then in chapters eight to twelve, we learn how Sanzang was born and why he is searching for the scriptures, as well as his preparations for the journey. The rest of the story describes how they vanquish demons and monsters, tramp over the Fiery Mountain, cross the Milky Way, and after overcoming many dangers, finally arrive at their destination - the Thunder Monastery in the Western Heaven - and find the Sutra.
Attached are a number of illustrations drawn during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
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This is a complete four-volume translation of the Chinese edition of Journey to the West in 100 chapters published in 1955 by the Beijing People's Literature Publishing House.
A well-known mythological novel based on folk tales, Journey to the West was probably put into its present form in the 1570s by Wu Cheng'en (1500-82)
Many different editions of the novel have appeared over the past 400 years. The Chinese edition of 1955 was based on the earliest known edition, the Shidetang woodblock edition printed in Nanjing in the 20th year of Wanli reign (1592) in the Ming Dynasty, and was further checked against six different editions from the Qing Dynasty.
The illustrations were selected from a lithographic edition (New Edition of Pictures for "Journey to the West") published in the 14th year (1888) of the Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty.
A "Translator's Afterword" will be found at the end of Volume 4.About the Author:
Wu Cheng'en (1500-82), a Ming Dynasty novelist, also named Ruzhong and Mountain Man of Sheyang, was born in Shanyang (present-day Huai'an, Jiangsu Province). Beginning in his childhood, he was an avid reader of tales of the supernatural. After repeated failure in imperial examinations, he became a Tribute Student in the mid Jiajing Period (1522-66) and at the end of this period was appointed county assistant in Changxing, Zhejiang Province. Tiring of his official career in his old age, he repudiated it to immerse himself in writing. Based his work on folk legends and previous works, he accomplished his classic mythological novel Journey to the West. His refined poems and essays convey his resentment toward the social reality of his time. Still extant are his works Journey to the West and Works of Master Sheyang.
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