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The plum in the golden vaseVolume 4,: The climax

By: Roy, David Tod(Edited and translated by)

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Part of the Princeton library of Asian translations series
0691169829 / 9780691169828
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Historic novels
23 cm 1032 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Translated from the Chinese.

This is the fourth and penultimate volume in David Roy's celebrated translation of one of the most famous and important novels in Chinese literature.

The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei is an anonymous sixteenth-century work that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines.

The novel, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form--not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context. This complete and annotated translation aims to faithfully represent and elucidate all the rhetorical features of the original in its most authentic form and thereby enable the Western reader to appreciate this Chinese masterpiece at its true worth.


FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945), FYT Fiction in translation

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