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Rene Leys by Victor Segalen

In this entrancing story of spiritual adventure, a Westerner in Peking seeks the mystery at the heart of the Forbidden City. He takes as a tutor in Chinese the young Belgian René Leys, who claims to be in the know about strange goings-on in the Imperial Palace: love affairs, family quarrels, conspiracies that threaten the very existence of the empire. But whether truth-teller or trickster, the elusive and ever-charming René presents his increasingly dazzled disciple with a visionary glimpse of "an essential palace built upon the most magnificent foundations."

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ISBN-13: 9781590170410
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 04/17/2003
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.55(d)

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