西游记 (Journey To The West)

作者:吴承恩, ≈1590 (by Wu2 Cheng2En1)

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Illustration of Journey To The West. image source

Notes from Xah Lee

“Journey to the West” (西游记) is a well known Chinese classical novel, known as one of the four great classical novels. Its popularity, and influence in Asia, can be compared to that of Greek Mythologies in the west. There are frequent adoptations of plays, movies, novels, and Japanese comics and animation, based on this work.

There are several English translations. Two of the most notable are:

Journey to the West (1982 – 1984), by WJF Jenner (Translator). Buy at amazon

Journey to the West (1977 – 1983), by Anthony C Yu (Translator). Buy at amazon

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