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  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781611807240
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 136
  • RRP: $27.99
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Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching



A rich, poetic, and socially relevant version of the great spiritual and philosophical classic of Taoism from one of America's leading literary figures.

A rich, poetic, and socially relevant version of the great spiritual and philosophical classic of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching—from one of America's leading literary figures

In this landmark modern-day rendition of the ancient Taoist classic, Ursula K. Le Guin presents Lao Tzu’s time-honored and astonishingly powerful philosophy like never before. Drawing on a lifetime of contemplation and including extensive personal commentary throughout, she offers an unparalleled window into the text’s awe-inspiring, immediately relatable teachings and their inestimable value for our troubled world. Jargon-free but still faithful to the poetic beauty of the original work, Le Guin's unique translation is sure to be welcomed by longtime readers of the Tao Te Ching as well as those discovering the text for the first time.

  • Published: 21 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781611807240
  • Imprint: Shambhala
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 136
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

About the author

Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Le Guin was bornin Berkley, California, in 1929, daughter of the writer Theodora Krober and theanthropologist Alfred Krober. Her published work includes twenty-one novels,eleven volumes of short stories, three collections of essays, twelve books forchildren, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. Among her novels arethe The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed, both winners of the Nebula and Hugoawards, Always Coming Home, winner of the 1985 Kafka Award,and Four Ways to Forgiveness. In 2009 she won her sixth Nebulaaward for Powers. She died in January 2018 aged 88.

Penguin/Puffin published the first volume ofthe Earthsea books, A Wizard of Earthsea, in 1971. The Earthsea books have been translatedinto many languages around the world and are global bestsellers.
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Praise for Lao Tzu

“Among the many translations of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, Ursula K. Le Guin’s new version is a special treasure—a delight. There is something startlingly fresh and creatively alive here, brought forth by Ms. Le Guin’s intuitive and personal ingenuity.”—Chuangliang Al Huang, founder of the Living Tao Foundation and coauthor (with Alan Watts) of Tao: The Watercourse Way   “A student of the Tao for several decades, Le Guin has created an English text that will speak to modern readers in a fresh and lively way, while conveying the humor, insight, and beauty of the original.”—Lion’s Roar magazine   “The type of work which the great Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska meant when she spoke of ‘that rare miracle when a translation stops being a translation and becomes . . . a second original.’ . . . The whole of Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching is well worth savoring—as much for the ancient substance as for Le Guin’s stylistic splendor.”—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

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