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The Golden Lotus, Volume 1: Jin Ping Mei

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"The greatest novel of physical love which China has produced."—Pearl S. Buck

A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and lust, The Golden Lotus (Jin Ping Mei) has been called the fifth Great Classical Novel in Chinese literature and one of the Four Masterworks of the Ming novel. Admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age, it has also been denigrated as a "dirty" book for its sexual frankness. It centers on Ximen Qing, a wealthy, young, dissolute, and politically connected merchant, and his marriage to a fifth wife, Pan Jinlian, literally "Golden Lotus." In her desire to influence her husband and, through him, control the other wives, concubines, and entire household, she uses sex as her main weapon. The Golden Lotus lays bare the rivalries within this wealthy family while chronicling its rise and fall. It fields a host of vivid characters, each seeking advantage in a corrupt world.

The author of The Golden Lotus is Lanling Xiaoxiaosheng, whose name, a pseudonym, means "Scoffing Scholar of Lanling." His great work, written in the late Ming but set in the Song Dynasty, is a virtuoso collection of voices and vices, mixing in poetry and song and sampling different social registers, from popular ballads to the language of bureaucrats, in order to recreate and comment mordantly on the society of the time.

This edition features a new introduction by Robert Hegel of Washington University, who situates the novel for contemporary readers and explains its greatness as the first single-authored novel in the Chinese tradition. This translation contains the complete, unexpurgated text as translated by Clement Egerton with the assistance of Shu Qingchun, later known as Lao She, one of the most prominent Chinese writers of the twentieth century. The translation has been pinyinized and corrected.

Review:

"Anonymously authored under a pseudonym during the Ming dynasty, this masterpiece follows the ruthless rise of 28-year old merchant Ximen Qing in 12th-century China. As the saga opens, Ximen is the richest man in Qinghe with four wives and money that 'reaches higher than the North Star.' His fifth wife, Jinlian (whose name means 'Golden Lotus'), uses her feminine wiles and sexuality to manipulate her husband, as depicted in love scenes that prompted censorship of large swaths of the book. Despite Jinlian's best efforts to dominate the other wives, Ximen complicates their love life by bringing home a sixth wife who bears him an heir.  Lust, polygamy, bribery, and murder make this Chinese classic a page-turner. First published in 1618, previous translators watered down steamy bedroom scenes by rendering them in Latin. Egerton and Qingchun (the novelist Lao She), however, present this version entirely in English. Supplemental materials such as an alphabetical list of characters and Washington University Professor Robert Hegel's new introduction detailing the novel's historical context will prove invaluable to readers. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

China's Great Classical Novel of Ruthless Ambition, Murder, and Lust

Synopsis:

A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and lust, this classic novel—admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age—lays bare the rivalries within a wealthy family while chronicling its rise and fall.

This edition features a new introduction by Robert Hegel of Washington University, and contains the complete text as translated by Clement Egerton with the assistance of Shu Qingchun, who as Lao She became one of the most prominent Chinese writers of the twentieth century.

Synopsis:

A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and lust, this classic novel—admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age—lays bare the rivalries within a wealthy family while chronicling its rise and fall.

This edition features a new introduction by Robert Hegel of Washington University, and contains the complete text as translated by Clement Egerton with the assistance of Shu Qingchun, who as Lao She became one of the most prominent Chinese writers of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Lanling Xiaoxiaosheng wrote The Golden Lotus during the early years of the Wanji era (1573—1620) of the Ming Empire.

Clement Egerton was at various times a senior officer in the British army, an Anglican bishop, and a writer, editor, linguist, and prolific photographer, but he is best known for his enduring translation of The Golden Lotus.

Shu Qungchun was a lecturer in Chinese at the School of Oriental Studies in London, but he became famous as the Beijing novelist and dramatist Lao She, whose best-known work is Rickshaw Boy. He died during the Cultural Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804841702
Author:
Xiaoxiaosheng, Lanling
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Author:
Egerton, Clement
Author:
Hegel, Robert
Author:
Xiaoxiaosheng
Author:
Qungchun, Shu
Author:
Hegel, Robert E.
Author:
Qingchun, Shu
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Chinese; erotica; classics; family saga; china
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Tuttle Classics
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8 x 5.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Anonymously authored under a pseudonym during the Ming dynasty, this masterpiece follows the ruthless rise of 28-year old merchant Ximen Qing in 12th-century China. As the saga opens, Ximen is the richest man in Qinghe with four wives and money that 'reaches higher than the North Star.' His fifth wife, Jinlian (whose name means 'Golden Lotus'), uses her feminine wiles and sexuality to manipulate her husband, as depicted in love scenes that prompted censorship of large swaths of the book. Despite Jinlian's best efforts to dominate the other wives, Ximen complicates their love life by bringing home a sixth wife who bears him an heir.  Lust, polygamy, bribery, and murder make this Chinese classic a page-turner. First published in 1618, previous translators watered down steamy bedroom scenes by rendering them in Latin. Egerton and Qingchun (the novelist Lao She), however, present this version entirely in English. Supplemental materials such as an alphabetical list of characters and Washington University Professor Robert Hegel's new introduction detailing the novel's historical context will prove invaluable to readers. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
China's Great Classical Novel of Ruthless Ambition, Murder, and Lust
"Synopsis" by , A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and lust, this classic novel—admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age—lays bare the rivalries within a wealthy family while chronicling its rise and fall.

This edition features a new introduction by Robert Hegel of Washington University, and contains the complete text as translated by Clement Egerton with the assistance of Shu Qingchun, who as Lao She became one of the most prominent Chinese writers of the twentieth century.

"Synopsis" by , A saga of ruthless ambition, murder, and lust, this classic novel—admired in its own time for its literary qualities and biting indictment of the immorality and cruelty of its age—lays bare the rivalries within a wealthy family while chronicling its rise and fall.

This edition features a new introduction by Robert Hegel of Washington University, and contains the complete text as translated by Clement Egerton with the assistance of Shu Qingchun, who as Lao She became one of the most prominent Chinese writers of the twentieth century.

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