An undated painting of a scene from The Painted Wall, one of the short stories in Pu Songling’s 1766 book Strange Tales From a Chinese Studio.

The perfect book to celebrate Chinese New Year is a 250-year-old tome full of ghosts, demons, monsters, monks and more

  • Fast paced, surprisingly light in tone, emotionally cool, and wryly humorous, Pu Songling’s Strange Tales From a Chinese Studio runs to 500 tales
  • Love is a recurrent theme, often between a studious young man and an enigmatic beauty who turns out to be a were-vixen
Topic |   Chinese history

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An undated painting of a scene from The Painted Wall, one of the short stories in Pu Songling’s 1766 book Strange Tales From a Chinese Studio.
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