The Grass-Cutting Sword
|The Grass-Cutting Sword|
Cover of The Grass-Cutting Sword, first edition
|Author||Catherynne M. Valente|
|December 1, 2006|
The tale is a postmodern interpretation of the Japanese folk-tale of Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi ("Heaven's Cloud-Gathering Sword"), which is taken from the collection of folk-lore in the Kojiki. The action shifts between the journey of the storm-god Susanoo who has been banished to earth in human form by his sister, the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, as he attempts to slay the eight-headed serpent Yamata-no-Orochi. Valente also portrays the serpent's side of the story with a twist; the tale told by Orochi is intercut or added to by the seven maidens who have been sacrificed to the monster.
- Catherynne M. Valente: The Grass-Cutting Sword. . Retrieved 2008-12-19.
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