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Tao Te Ching

A New Translation

by Sam Hamill

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Part poetry, part paradox, always stirring and profound, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching has been inspiring readers since it was written over two thousand years ago. This masterpiece is also one of the most frequently translated books in all of history, in part because the multiple meanings of the Chinese characters make it impossible to translate into a Western language in a strictly literal way. For this reason, many translations are either too loosely interpretive or are too overloaded with notes, thereby losing the clarity of the terse poetry found in the original Chinese.
The extraordinary strength of Sam Hamill's translation is that it has captured the poetry of Lao Tzu's original without sacrificing the resonance of the text's many meanings and possible interpretations. The result is a beautiful and deeply meditative rendering, one that is a delight to read over and over again.
Accompanying Sam Hamill's translation are seventeen Chinese characters brushed by one of the great masters of calligraphy, Kazuaki Tanahashi. Hamill provides a comment for each character, giving the reader a fuller sense of the richness of the original text and insight into the process of translation itself.

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Publisher: Shambhala

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  • Release date: August 10, 2011

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  • ISBN: 9780834822993
  • Release date: June 12, 2012

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  • ISBN: 9780834822993
  • File size: 8150 KB
  • Release date: June 12, 2012

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  • ISBN: 9780834822993
  • File size: 592 KB
  • Release date: June 12, 2012


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Part poetry, part paradox, always stirring and profound, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching has been inspiring readers since it was written over two thousand years ago. This masterpiece is also one of the most frequently translated books in all of history, in part because the multiple meanings of the Chinese characters make it impossible to translate into a Western language in a strictly literal way. For this reason, many translations are either too loosely interpretive or are too overloaded with notes, thereby losing the clarity of the terse poetry found in the original Chinese.
The extraordinary strength of Sam Hamill's translation is that it has captured the poetry of Lao Tzu's original without sacrificing the resonance of the text's many meanings and possible interpretations. The result is a beautiful and deeply meditative rendering, one that is a delight to read over and over again.
Accompanying Sam Hamill's translation are seventeen Chinese characters brushed by one of the great masters of calligraphy, Kazuaki Tanahashi. Hamill provides a comment for each character, giving the reader a fuller sense of the richness of the original text and insight into the process of translation itself.

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    Publisher:
    Shambhala

    Kindle Book
    Release date: August 10, 2011

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9780834822993
    Release date: June 12, 2012

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9780834822993
    File size: 8150 KB
    Release date: June 12, 2012

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9780834822993
    File size: 592 KB
    Release date: June 12, 2012

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