Страна Япония: люди и тексты
This edition consists of two parts.
The first part includes the monograph Ancient Japan: Culture and Text. In this study Meshcheryakov made an attempt to present the main types of written forms of creativity in ancient Japan (history, poetry, prose, religious writings) as components of a single informational text flow. This is the first attempt of this kind made in the domestic Japanese studies.
The chronological framework covers the period from the 8th to the 13th century, that is, from the bottom of the appearance of Japanese literature, framed by the creation of mythological, chronicle and legislative vaults, to the decline of aristocracy, accompanied by the displacement of the center of power from the imperial palace to the shogun's headquarters.
The second part consists of literary translations of old Japanese prose, made by A. N. Meshcheryakov. This includes such famous monuments as Japanese legends about miracles (selected Buddhist legends from Nihon Ryoiki, Ojo Gokurakki and Hokke Kenki), diary by famous writer Murasaki Shikibu (11th century) and Notes on the leisure time of a Buddhist monk Yoshida Kaneyoshi (14th century).
The publication uniquely combines the publication of outstanding monuments of old-Japanese prose with an attempt to study and comprehend them and will be useful to anyone interested in traditional Japanese culture.