A Dream of Red Mansions (Volume II)

A Dream of Red Mansions (Volume II)

by Tsao Hsueh-Chin, Kao Ngo
     
 

A Dream of Red Mansions (Hung Lou Meng, sometimes translated as The Dream of the Red Chamber), the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Ching Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. The Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last feudal dynasty in China.… See more details below

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A Dream of Red Mansions (Hung Lou Meng, sometimes translated as The Dream of the Red Chamber), the great classical Chinese novel written in the mid-eighteenth century during the reign of Emperor Chien-lung of the Ching Dynasty, has been widely popular throughout the last two hundred years and more. The Ching Dynasty (1644-1911) was the last feudal dynasty in China. Although it saw a period of relative stability, feudal society was already on the decline and all the contradictions inherent in it were sharpening.

This classic novel (an erotic tale of love, sex and passion) is a masterpiece of realism takes as its background the decline of several related big families and drawing much from the author's own experiences. It is a book about political struggle, a political-historical novel. Cao Xueqin focused on the tragic love between Jia Baoyu and Lin Daiyu and, in the meantime, provides a panorama of the lives of people of various levels in the degenerating empire. The author's family were close to the Ching imperial house in general, and with Emperor Kang-hsi in particular. He died in 1763 without having finished his novel.

It stands out in the world literature ranking with Hamlet and War and Peace. This is the first English translation of the complete text of this classical Chinese novel. Translated by Yang Hsien-yi and his British wife Gladys Young with many full-page illustrations by Tai Tun-Pang. The translation appears in three volumes of forty chapters each.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589635326
Publisher:
Press Holdings International
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.62(d)

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