BBC Radio 4 „In Our Time“: „Journey to the West“

Logo BBC bei Wikimedia Commons„Melvyn Bragg and guests dis­cuss one of the great nov­els of China’s Ming era, and per­haps the most loved. Writ­ten in 1592, it draws on the cel­e­brat­ed trav­els of a real monk from Chi­na to India a thou­sand years before, and on a thou­sand years of retellings of that sto­ry, espe­cial­ly the addi­tion of a mon­key as com­pan­ion who, in the nov­el, becomes super­simi­an. For most read­ers the monk, Trip­i­ta­ka, is upstaged by this irre­press­ible Mon­key with his extra­or­di­nary pow­ers, accom­pa­nied by the fall­en but recov­er­ing deities, Pigsy and Sandy.
The image above, from the car­i­ca­ture series Yoshi­toshi ryaku­ga or Sketch­es by Yoshi­toshi, is of Mon­key cre­at­ing an army by pluck­ing out his fur and blow­ing it into the air, and each hair becomes a mon­key-war­rior.
With Julia Lovell (Pro­fes­sor of Mod­ern Chi­nese His­to­ry and Lit­er­a­ture at Birk­beck, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don), Chi­ung-yun Eve­lyn Liu (Asso­ciate Research Fel­low at the Insti­tute of Chi­nese Lit­er­a­ture and Phi­los­o­phy, Acad­e­mia Sini­ca, Tai­wan), and Craig Clu­nas (Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus of the His­to­ry of Art at Trin­i­ty Col­lege, Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford).“

Sie kön­nen die Sendung, die am 20.5.2021 in der Rei­he „In Our Time“ lief, über die Seite der BBC nach­hören oder als Audio­datei herun­ter­laden.

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