New PDF release: Golden Lotus Volume 1: Jin Ping Mei (Tuttle Classics)

By Lanling Xiaoxiaosheng,Robert E. Hegel,Clement Egerton,Shu Qingchun

"The maximum novel of actual love which China has produced." —Pearl S. Buck

A saga of ruthless ambition, homicide, and lust, The Golden Lotus (Jin Ping Mei) has been referred to as the 5th nice Classical Novel in chinese language literature and one of many 4 Masterworks of the Ming novel. widespread in its personal time for its literary traits and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age, it has additionally been denigrated as a "dirty" e-book for its sexual frankness. It facilities on Ximen Qing, a prosperous, younger, dissolute, and politically hooked up service provider, and his marriage to a 5th spouse, Pan Jinlian, actually "Golden Lotus." In her wish to impression her husband and, via him, keep watch over the opposite other halves, concubines, and full family, she makes use of intercourse as her major weapon. The Golden Lotus lays naked the rivalries inside this prosperous family members whereas chronicling its upward thrust and fall. It fields a bunch of brilliant characters, each one looking virtue in a corrupt world.

The writer of The Golden Lotus is Lanling Xiaoxiaosheng, whose identify, a pseudonym, capability "Scoffing pupil of Lanling." His nice paintings, written within the overdue Ming yet set within the track Dynasty, is a virtuoso selection of voices and vices, blending in poetry and track and sampling diverse social registers, from renowned ballads to the language of bureaucrats, in an effort to recreate and remark mordantly at the society of the time.

This version encompasses a new creation by way of Robert Hegel of Washington college, who situates the unconventional for modern readers and explains its greatness because the first single-authored novel within the chinese language culture. This translation includes the full, unexpurgated textual content as translated by means of Clement Egerton with the help of Shu Qingchun, later often called Lao She, some of the most well-known chinese language writers of the 20th century. the interpretation has been pinyinized and corrected.

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