Kwaidan

Stories And Studies Of Strange Things

by Lafcadio Hearn

Kwaidan

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Three Tales Of The Ghostly, Ghastly And Ghoulish

Lafcadio Hearn, half Irish, half Greek, was named for the island of his birth, Lefkada. A childhood accident left him with a blind left eye, which he regarded as a deformity. After a career in New Orleans as a journalist, he went to Japan in 1890. He felt less self-conscious there. He married a Japanese woman and began explaining Japan to the West.

In particular he liked its ghost stories, collected in Kwaidan. My favorite is the tale of Hoichi, the Earless. Hoichi

John Baxter

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