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Wu Cheng'en: Journey to the West or Monkey , one of the great classics of Chinese literature

2011.09.23

AUTHOR: Oriol Caudevilla Parellada. Member of ADS Research Group-
TITLE:Wu Cheng'en: Journey to the West or Monkey , one of the great classics of Chinese literature.

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2011.
PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, September 2011.

ABSTRACT

Journey to the West (西遊記), also known as Monkey or The Pilgrim Monkey, is one of the four great classical novels of Chinese literature. The plot is apparently simple: the pilgrimage of a Buddhist monk called Hiuan Tsang (mostly known as Tripitaka) from China to India in order to get the Holy Scriptures, the Great Vehicle of Buddhism. Tripitaka won't be alone in his pilgrimage, as he will be accompanied by the Monkey King (probably the protagonist of the tale, whose birth and early life is accurately told), and also by a dragon and a pig. In this novel we can find a unique mix of beauty and absurdity. Folklore, allegory, religion, history, satyr against burocracy... all these can be found in this novel.

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