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The History of Love
Nicole Krauss
0393328627
April 2006
Paperback
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Book Review
Nicole Krauss's The History of Love is a hauntingly beautiful novel about two characters whose lives are woven together in such complex ways that even after the last page is turned, the reader is left to wonder what really happened. In the hands of a less gifted writer, unraveling this tangled web could easily give way to complete chaos. However, under Krauss's watchful eye, these twists and turns only strengthen the impact of this enchanting book.

The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native...



Chinese American Literature Since the 1850s (The Asian American Experience)

0252025245


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Book Description
CHINESE AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE THE 1850S traces the origins and development of this extensive and largely neglected body of literature written in English as well as in Chinese, assessing its style and placing it in a broad social and historical context. This essential volume, a much-needed guide to the field, shows how change and continuity in the Chinese American experience are reflected in the writings of immigrants from China and their descendants in the United States. Using a fresh approach that combines literary and historical scholarship, Xiao-huang Yin covers representative works from the 1850s to the present. These include journalistic and autobiographical texts from nineteenth-century Chinese authors; writings of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century "cultivated Chinese," students and scholars who...


Mao's Harvest
Helen F. Siu
0195034996
Apr 1985
Paperback
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The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sun Tzu
1593081723
October 2004
Hardcover
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Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes
Nina Simonds, et al
0152019839
October 1, 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds, Leslie Swartz and the Children's Museum, Boston, illus. by Meilo So, each of a quartet of holidays includes a brief background and introduces a bevy of crafts, recipes and legends. "The Story of the Kitchen God" kicks off the section on the Chinese New Year (and the reason behind serving the traditional tanggua, or candied melons); a recipe for Five-Treasure Moon Cakes stuffed with apricot preserves, pitted dates, sweet coconut and raisins helps youngsters celebrate the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Step-by-step illustrations aid in food preparation or crafts such as New Year Prints or Good Luck Characters in this elegantly designed volume. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Yangtze River
Madeleine Lynn
0195869206
Mar 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
This intriguing anthology collects thirteen centuries of writings to offer a vivid literary history of China's longest, most varied waterway. The selections range from classical Chinese poetry and Victorian memoirs to contemporary travel writing.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese


Early Chinese Medical Literature
Donald Harper
0710305826
April 15, 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description
The seven medical manuscripts from Mawangdui tomb three unearthed in 1973 represent the richest cache of ancient medical manuscripts ever found in China. These manuscripts which comprise this book reveal for the first time the breadth of medical knowledge in third and early second century B.C. China. Included are discussions of physiological theories and pathology, recipe manuals for the treatment of ailments and for the practice of macrobiotic hygiene, sexual treatises, and illustrations of hygienic exercises.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese


The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sun Tzu
1593080166
June 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
“A clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” So wrote Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago, and kings, soldiers, and statesmen have been turning to the Chinese master for his astute observations ever since. Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions.
Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is...


Japanese Literature in Chinese
Burton Watson
0231041462
Feb 1977
Hardcover
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Book Description


Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Tao Te Ching (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Lao Tzu
1593082568
March 2005
Paperback
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Chinese Cinderella : The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter (Laurel-Leaf Books)
Adeline Yen Mah
0440228654
March 13, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Chinese Cinderella is the perfect title for Adeline Yen Mah's compelling autobiography in which, like the fairy-tale maiden, her childhood was ruled by a cruel stepmother. "Fifth Younger Sister" or "Wu Mei," as Yen Mah was called, is only an infant when her father remarries after her mother's death. As the youngest of her five siblings, Wu Mei suffers the worst at the hands of her stepmother Niang. She is denied carfare, frequently forgotten at school at the end of the day, and whipped for daring to attend a classmate's birthday party against Niang's wishes. Her father even forgets the spelling of her name when filling out her school enrollment record. In her loneliness, Wu Mei turns to books for company: "I was alone with my beloved books. What bliss! To be left in peace with Cordelia, Regan, Gonoril, and Lear...


The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature
Victor H. Mair
0231074298
July 1996
Paperback
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New Asia Review
The list of translators reads like a Whos Who of Western Sinology. This is a book one can open at any page and immediately be drawn in by its great and appealing content. It is at once a reference book, with examples drawn from the huge corpus of Chinese literature, and a book which guarantees superb reading pleasure.

Review
"A lifetime spent reading Chinese literature has produced this enormous, enthralling, canon-exploding book.... Often, the funniest and liveliest entries are translated by the editor himself, who has an uncanny ability to capture puns and rhymes even in English translation.... [W]onderful." -- Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie

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Three Kingdoms: Chinese Classics (Classic Novel in 4-Volumes)
Luo Guanzhong, Moss Roberts (Translator)
7119005901
January 1, 2005
Paperback
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Patrick Hanan, New York Times Book Review
"A martial epic with an astonishing fidelity to history, which has been translated now into lively English by Moss Roberts. . . . The subject matter of Three Kingdoms has long held an extraordinary grip on the Chinese imagination. . . . The great achievement of the author . . . was to match historiography with fiction and gain a synergistic effect from the combination of elite and popular tradition." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

National Post (Canadian daily)
"...all other historical novels suffer by comparison to Three Kingdoms, the great epic of the Chinese literary tradition."

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The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Sun Tzu
1593080174
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
“A clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.” So wrote Sun Tzu 2,500 years ago.

Sun Tzu’s incisive blueprint for battlefield strategy is as relevant to today’s combatants in business, politics, and everyday life as it once was to the warlords of ancient China. The Art of War is one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom, an essential tool for modern corporate warriors battling to gain the advantage in the boardroom, and for anyone struggling to gain the upper hand in confrontations and competitions.

Here Lionel Giles’s famed 1910 translation, laced with commentary from illustrious Chinese experts, is brought up to date with relevant quotations from Western writers and thinkers.

Dallas Galvin, a writer and...


The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature
Joseph S. M. Lau
0231080026
July 1995
Hardcover
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Voice Literary Supplement
Perhaps no one could be better suited to expanding the canonical limits than Lau and Goldblatt. . . .This volume, with its Columbia label, its editors' stature, and its certifiable claim to be the first comprehensive anthology of kind, cannot but achieve an instant authority.

Book Description
-- Voice Literary Supplement
With a generous selection of new translations commissioned for this book, readers will find the best short fiction, poetry, and essays from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in this first comprehensive collection of twentieth-century Chinese literature, which includes a lucid introduction by the editors and short biographies of the writers and poets.

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Tao Te Ching: A New English Version
Lao Tzu
0060812451
January 1992
Paperback
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-- The New Republic
"Beautiful and accessible; the English, as 'fluid as melting ice,' is a joy to read throughout."

James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces
"I have read many translations of this ancient text but Mitchell’s is by far the best."

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The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature
Joseph S. M. Lau
0231080034
Aug 1996
Paperback
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Voice Literary Supplement
Perhaps no one could be better suited to expanding the canonical limits than Lau and Goldblatt. . . .This volume, with its Columbia label, its editors' stature, and its certifiable claim to be the first comprehensive anthology of kind, cannot but achieve an instant authority.

Book Description
-- Voice Literary Supplement
With a generous selection of new translations commissioned for this book, readers will find the best short fiction, poetry, and essays from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in this first comprehensive collection of twentieth-century Chinese literature, which includes a lucid introduction by the editors and short biographies of the writers and poets.

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The Ancient Chinese (People of the Ancient World)
Virginia Schomp
0531167372
March 2005
Paperback
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Monkey: A Journey to the West
Wu Ch'eng-en
0802130860
January 1988
Paperback
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The Scholars
Wu Ching-Tzu
0231081537
Jan 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
A masterpiece from the Ming dynasty, Wu Ching-tzu's The Scholars ranks with Dream of the Red Chamber, Journey to the West, and the Water Margin as one of the greatest classic novels of China. The Scholars is the first Chinese novel of its scope not to borrow any characters from history or legend and it is the first work of satiric realism to achieve an almost complete disassociation from the religious beliefs of the people. Departing from the impersonal tradition of Chinese fiction, Wu abandons such established narrative formulas as folk songs and poetic verse in favor of autobiographical experiences, descriptive realism, and characters modeled after his friends and relatives -- elements that combine to give this critique of the Confucian civil service system an unprecedented immediacy and humor.


The Scholars
Wu Ching-Tzu
7119012134
January 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
An eighteenth-century satire, it is outstanding among Chinese classic novels. The author mercilessly exposes the decadence of the literati produced by the feudal examination system, the disastrous effects of that institution, the corruption of the feudal regime, and the darkness of the feudal society. The Yangs are also the translators of the most famous Chinese classic novel A Dream of Red Mansions. Illustrated

Language Notes
Text: English, Chinese (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Journey to the West (4-Volume Boxed Set)
Wu Cheng'en, W.J.F. Jenner (Translator)
7119016636
January 1, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Journey to the West is a classic Chinese mythological novel. It was written during the Ming Dynasty based on traditional folktales. Consisting of 100 chapters, this fantasy relates the adventures of a Tang Dynasty (618-907) priest Sanzang and his three disciples, Monkey, Pig and Friar Sand, as they travel west in search of Buddhist Sutra. The first seven chapters recount the birth of the Monkey King and his rebellion against Heaven. Then in chapters eight to twelve, we learn how Sanzang was born and why he is searching for the scriptures, as well as his preparations for the journey. The rest of the story describes how they vanquish demons and monsters, tramp over the Fiery Mountain, cross the Milky Way, and after overcoming many dangers, finally arrive at their destination - the Thunder Monastery in the Western...


Early Chinese Literature
Burton Watson
0231086717
Apr 1972
Paperback
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Book Description


About the Author
Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.


Red Azalea
Anchee Min
0425147762
May 1995
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
Anchee Min recounts her suppressed life growing up in Shanghai during the late fifties and sixties. Deprived of any childhood, or personal choices. Min suffered almost always in silence, yet never lost the inner spirit to seek expressive freedom. Nancy Kwan does an excellent job narrating Min's sensitive accounts of her experiences, thoughts and disappointments. She reenacts Min's personal ordeals with appropriate defiance and bittersweet expression and also brings out Min's creative side as a poet. B.J.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist
This is an honest and frightening memoir of growing up in Communist China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s. Min describes a...


The Journey to the West, Volume 3
Anthony C. Yu (Translator)
0226971538
February 15, 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
The Journey to the West, volume 3, comprises the third twenty-five chapters of Anthony C. Yu's four-volume translation of Hsi-yu Chi, one of the most beloved classics of Chinese literature. The fantastic tale recounts the sixteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Hsüan-tsang (596-664), one of China's most illustrious religious heroes, who journeyed to India with four animal disciples in quest of Buddhist scriptures. For nearly a thousand years, his exploits were celebrated and embellished in various accounts, culminating in the hundred-chapter Journey to the West, which combines religious allegory with romance, fantasy, humor, and satire.




Classical Chinese Literature
John Minford
0231096763
Aug 2000
Hardcover
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Review
"An invaluable treasure... by far the most complete, with an astounding number of selections.... Highly recommended for students and scholars of Chinese literature at all levels." -- Choice

Review
An invaluable treasure . . . by far the most complete, with an astounding number of selections. . . . Highly recommended for students and scholars of Chinese literature at all levels.

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Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel. Abridged Edition
Luo Guanzhong
0520215850
September 1999
Paperback
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Patrick Hanan, New York Times Book Review
"A martial epic with an astonishing fidelity to history, which has been translated now into lively English by Moss Roberts. . . . The subject matter of Three Kingdoms has long held an extraordinary grip on the Chinese imagination. . . . The great achievement of the author . . . was to match historiography with fiction and gain a synergistic effect from the combination of elite and popular tradition." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

National Post (Canadian daily)
"...all other historical novels suffer by comparison to Three Kingdoms, the great epic of the Chinese literary tradition."

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Contested Modernities in Chinese Literature
Charles A. Laughlin (Editor)
1403967822
June 4, 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"This book examines the cultural and historical dynamics of modern China as manifested in literary and visual texts. By visualizing a network of histories continuously cutting across one another, the book provides a powerful critique of conventional paradigms of modern Chinese literature. It spans from the late nineteenth century to the turn of the new millennium, and it covers a very wide range of issues, from cultural production to gender politics, from national identity to the aesthetics of imagined community and citizenship, from urban ethics to diasporic crisis, and from spatial 'demolition' to visionary 'apocalypse'. The contributors have done most impressive work in making a comprehensive volume on the multifaceted dimensions of Chinese (post)modernity."
--David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

"Engaged...


Classical Chinese Literature
John Minford
0231096771
Mar 2002
Paperback
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Review
"An invaluable treasure... by far the most complete, with an astounding number of selections.... Highly recommended for students and scholars of Chinese literature at all levels." -- Choice

Review
An invaluable treasure . . . by far the most complete, with an astounding number of selections. . . . Highly recommended for students and scholars of Chinese literature at all levels.

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The Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck
0743272935
September 2004
Paperback
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Review
Boston Transcript One need never have lived in China or know anything about the Chinese to understand it or respond to its appeal.

Book Description
Pearl S. Buck's epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a China that was -- now in a Contemporary Classics edition. Though more than sixty years have passed since this remarkable novel won the Pulitzer Prize, it has retained its popularity and become one of the great modern classics. "I can only write what I know, and I know nothing but China, having always lived there," wrote Pearl Buck. In The Good Earth she presents a graphic view of a China when the last emperor reigned and the vast political and social upheavals of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings for the ordinary people. This moving, classic ...


Chinese Children's Favorite Stories (Children's Favorite Stories)
Mingmei Yip (Illustrator)
0804835896
August 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–A collection of 13 traditional "thousand-year-old" stories. In her introduction, Yip fondly acknowledges her father's role as family storyteller as the inspiration for this book. Some stories will be familiar, such as "The Mouse Bride," though this version is a little different from Lida Dijkstra's Little Mouse (Front St, 2004) and Ed Young's Mouse Match (Harcourt, 1997). Other selections include traditional Chinese elements such as dragons and the mischievous monkey king. Like fables, these tales have morsels of wisdom to impart, and almost all have a close connection with the natural world. Explanations of cultural elements are nicely incorporated into the text, such as the qin, a musical instrument. Yip's writing is clear and accessible to children, and the bright pastel...

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