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The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei
Author: David Tod Roy

ISBN: 9780691125343
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: 16 April 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.7
Description:


In this third volume of a planned five-volume series, David Roy provides a complete and annotated translation of the famous "Chin P'ing Mei," an anonymous sixteenth-century Chinese novel that focuses on the domestic life of His-men Ch'ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. This work, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of narrative art--not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but also in a world-historical context.

Written during the second half of the sixteenth century and first published in 1618, "The Plum in the Golden Vase" is noted for its surprisingly modern technique. With the possible exception of "The Tale of Genji" (ca. 1010) and "Don Quixote" (1605, 1615), there is no earlier work of prose fiction of equal sophistication in world literature. Although its importance in the history of Chinese narrative has long been recognized, the technical virtuosity of the author, which is more reminiscent of the Dickens of "Bleak House," the Joyce of "Ulysses," or the Naboko...

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