Between 300 and 600 C.E., Chinese writers compiled thousands of accounts of the strange and the extraordinary. The selection of such stories presented here provides an alluring introduction to early medieval Chinese storytelling and opens a doorway to the enchanted world of thought, culture, and religious belief of that era Known as zhiguai, or "accounts of anomalies," they convey a great deal about how people saw the cosmos and their place in it. A collection of more than two hundred tales, A Garden of Marvels offers an authoritative yet accessible introduction to zhiguai writings, particularly those never before translated or adequately researched. Book jacket.
City of Marvel and Transformation
University of Hawaii Press
Chang'an and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China