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Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling

Strange Stories From a Chinese Studio

Volume 1

by Pu Songling

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"Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio" or "Strange Tales of Liaozhai") is a collection of nearly five hundred mostly supernatural tales written by Pu Songling during the early Qing Dynasty. It was written in Classical Chinese rather than Vernacular Chinese. Pu is believed to have completed the majority of the tales sometime in 1679, though he could have added entries as late as 1707. He borrows from a folk tradition of oral storytelling to put to paper a series of captivating, colorful stories, where the boundary between reality and the odd or fantastic is blurred. The cast of characters includes vixen spirits, ghosts, scholars, court officials, Taoist exorcists and beasts. Moral purposes are often inverted between humans and the supposedly degenerate ghosts or spirits, resulting in a satirical edge to some of the stories. Ghosts and spirits are often bold and trustworthy, while humans are on the other hand weak, indecisive and easily manipulated, reflecting the author's own disillusionment with his society.


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  • Introduction

  • Examination for the Post of Guardian Angel

  • The Talking Pupils

  • The Painted Wall

  • Planting a Pear-Tree

  • The Taoist Priest of Lao-Shan

  • The Buddhist Priest of Ch'angch'ing



  • Miss Chiao-No

  • Magical Arts

  • Joining the Immortals

  • The Fighting Quails

  • The Painted Skin



  • Judge Lu

  • Miss Ying-Ning, or the Laughing Girl

  • The Magic Sword

  • The Shui-Mang Plant

  • Little Chu

  • Miss Quarta Hu

  • Mr. Chu, the Considerate Husband

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