Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things

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8.0 X 9.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Lafcadio Hearn was a journalist and author best known for his collections of Japanese legends, his books of reportage on New Orleans, and his translations of nineteenth-century French literature. Hiroshi Watanabe is a California-based photographer born in Japan. His works are in the permanent collections of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, George Eastman House, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.


"Out of this year's vast ocean of photography books, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, stands out for me. Written by Lafcadio Hearn over a century ago, and now brilliantly illustrated with accompanying photographs by award-winning photographer Hiroshi Watanabe, these folk stories are revitalized in this new edition."--Elizabeth Avedon "Photo-eye, 2019 Favorite Photobooks"
"The photo book is a new edition of the critically acclaimed book of the same name . . . [featuring] a collection of horror stories, Japanese legends, and ghost stories presented in English for Western audiences. The tales are some of the first examples of modern fantasy literature: including man-eating goblins, insects who parrot human behavior, and a musician who performs to a dead audience. Hearn died soon after the book's publication, only finding posthumous success. Over a century later, Watanabe has used the eerie stories as the conceptual basis for his imagery in Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, presenting this new edition of the classic text in print."--Elizabeth Avedon "IGNANT magazine"