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- DescriptionNo other book in the entire history of the world has exerted a greater influence on a larger number of people over a longer period of time than this slim volume. The spiritual cornerstone of the most populous and oldest living civilization on Earth, the Analects has inspired the Chinese and all the peoples of East Asia with its affirmation of a humanist ethics. As the Gospels are to Jesus, the Analects is the only place where we can encounter the real, living Confucius. In this gem-like translation by Simon Leys, Confucius speaks with clarity and brilliance. He emerges as a man of great passion and many enthusiasms, a man of bold action whose true vocation is politics. Confucius (551-479 B.C.) lived in an age of acute cultural and political crisis. Many of his observations mark a world sinking into violence and barbarity. Unable to obtain the leading political role he sought, he endeavored to reform society and salvage civilization through ethical debate, defining for ages to come the public mission of the intellectual.
- Author BiographyA renowned translator and critic, Arthur Waley was born in 1889 and educated at Rugby, King s College, Cambridge. From 1912-30 he was the assistant keeper of prints and drawings at the British Museum. He is credited with bringing many classic works of Chinese and Japanese literature (including The Tale of Genji) to Western readers for the first time. Arthur Waley died in 1966.
- Author(s)Arthur Waley,Confucius
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- Date of Publication01/06/1998
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House USA Inc
- Weight295 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine19 mm
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