The Nine Cloud Dream

The Nine Cloud Dream

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Publisher's Synopsis

A Buddhist journey reminscent of Dante's Inferno exploring the illusions of human life, published here in the first new translation in forty years

Often considered the greatest work of classic Korean fiction, The Nine Cloud Dream poses the question: will the life we dream of truly make us happy? A historical novel set in 9th-century Tang China, its wondrous story begins when a young monk living on a sacred Lotus Peak succumbs to the temptation of eight fairy maidens. As punishment for disobeying his master and doubting his Buddhist teachings, the monk is reincarnated as the most ideal of men. On his journey he encounters the eight fairies in human form, each one furthering his journey towards understanding the fleeting value of his good fortune. As his successes build, he comes closer and closer to finally comprehending a fundamental truth of the Buddha's wisdom: that reality and dreams are ultimately indistinguishable.

Book information

ISBN: 9780143131274
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 895.732
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxx, 255
Weight: 232g
Height: 178mm
Width: 139mm
Spine width: 20mm