The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Yuasa)
Author: Matsuo Bashō, Nobuyuki Yuasa
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Release Date: January 21, 1966
In later life Basho turned to Zen Buddhism, and the travel sketched in this volume relfect his attempts to cast off earthly attachments and reach out to spiritual fulfillment. The sketches are written in the "haibun" style--a linking of verse and prose. The title piece, in particular, reveals Basho striving to discover a vision of eternity in the transient world around him and his personal evocation of the mysteries of the universe.