Slapping the Table in Amazement: A Ming Dynasty Story Collection by Ling Mengchu
Translated by Shuhui Yang and Yunqin Yang
University of Washington Press, 2018
Slapping the Table in Amazement is the unabridged English translation of the famous story collection Pai’an jingqi by Ling Mengchu (1580–1644), originally published in 1628. The forty lively stories gathered here present a broad picture of traditional Chinese society and include characters from all social levels. We learn of their joys and sorrows, their views about life and death, and their visions of the underworld and the supernatural. The volume includes translations of verse and prologue stories as well as marginal and interlinear comments.