Six Records of a Life Adrift

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Milena Dolezelova-Velingerova
This delightful nineteenth-century narrative, which has charmed Chinese audiences for over a century, has finally found its match in this new translation by Graham Sanders. His rendering in English comes from a deep understanding of the language, style and artistic structure of the original, and is enriched by informative notes explaining the differences between Chinese and Western culture. What this unforgettable confessional prose has to show us about human nature is clearly expressed. (Milena Dole?elová-Velingerová, University of Toronto)
Sarah Schneewind
This lively new translation—the first in nearly thirty years—clarifies certain passages, helpfully adds section breaks, and provides explanatory footnotes. Also included are a family tree, a chronology, and other useful reference materials. The result is an edition that will enhance discussions in a variety of courses, from Chinese and world history to gender and family history. (Sarah Schneewind, University of California at San Diego)
Wilt Idema
Shen Fu's Six Records of a Life Adrift is the most intimate document at our disposal of private life in late imperial China. Graham Sanders now provides us with a new translation for the 21st century, which is not only well researched but also highly readable. (Wilt Idema, Harvard University)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603841986
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 587,870
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Sanders is Associate Professor of classical Chinese literature at the University of Toronto.
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