The Long Path to Wisdom

Tales From Burma
Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 4. Oktober 2018
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  • 288 Seiten
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978-1-78885-164-0 (ISBN)

Jan-Philipp Sendker has visited Myanmar (Burma) for over twenty years and, while doing research for his novels The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and A Well-Tempered Heart, he encountered numerous folktales and fables. These stories reveal the rich mythology and spirituality of the diverse peoples of Burma, and the profound social impact of Buddhist thought. Reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, this collection illustrates how all cultures draw on a universal wisdom to create their myths.

The Long Path to Wisdom's evocative stories are sure to delight fans of The Art of Hearing Heartbeats as well as readers new to the magic and emotion of Sendker's writing.

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Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. He has travelled extensively in China and Burma and has an in-depth knowledge of the people and culture. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a non-fiction book about China. Global bestseller The Art of Hearing Heartbeats was his first novel.

  • Intro
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • My Burma
  • The Little Boy and the Tiger
  • The Old Monk's Secret
  • The Four Marionettes
  • How the People of Bagan Started to Lie
  • The Sorrowbird
  • Five Silver Coins
  • The Skylark's Revenge
  • Saw Min Kyi and the Ruby
  • The Night the Moon Fell into the Well
  • Little Monkey Goes Looking for Trouble
  • The Farmer's Revenge
  • The Fisherman and His Wife
  • The Pious Queen
  • Nan Kyar Hae and the Guardian Spirit
  • A Battle Between Two Sculptors
  • The Village of Endless Sermons
  • The Long Journey
  • On Gratitude
  • The Traveling Threesome
  • How the Hare Became a Judge
  • Mouse and Elephant
  • How the Thrush Lost Her Colorful Plumage
  • The Just King
  • The Blacksmith's Children
  • The Little Snail
  • A Troop of Monkeys and One Greedy Neighbor
  • Nan Ying and Her Little Brother
  • The Fear Virus
  • On the Rationality of Astrology
  • On Sharing
  • Life's Many Tribulations
  • The Power of Karma
  • The Boy with the Harp
  • The Honest Merchant
  • The Magic Comb
  • A Mother's Warning
  • The Timid Son
  • The Grateful Serpent
  • The Starving Orphans
  • The Flood
  • The Wise Teacher and His Student Maung Pauk Kyaing
  • The Omen
  • How to Spell "Buffalo"
  • The Tale of Two Merchants
  • The White Crow and Love
  • Mu Yeh Peh and the Wages of Love
  • The Beautiful Woman and the Lazy Dimwit
  • The Fisherman's Reward
  • The Best Storyteller
  • The Crocodile and the Monkey
  • The Clever Monkeys
  • Three Women and One Man
  • The Story of the Father and His Son, Or Where the Wind and Water Got Their Power
  • The Long Path to Wisdom
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgements
  • Translators
'a love poem to country that is not one's own' * Bookanista * 'The folk tales [present] Burma as seen by her own people down the ages. For all the magic that naturally occurs in such tales, they are rooted in the everyday. Some of the stories will feel very familiar' * The Bookbag *

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