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Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel

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Publisher Comments:

"Three Kingdoms gives us the Iliad of China. First of the five great works of traditional prose fiction, this master narrative transforms history into epic and has thereby educated and entertained readers of five centuries with unforgettable exemplars of martial and civic virtue, of personal fidelity and political treachery. Moss Roberts's translation is of surpassing excellence and impeccable scholarship. It should delight and captivate Western readers for many years to come."—Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago

"Moss Roberts's elegant and powerful translation of China's most important historical romance has a stunning directness that aptly conveys the dramatic boldness of the original episodic narrative. English readers may now finally understand why this 15th-century novel so strategically shaped the political worldview of generations of Chinese."—Frederic Wakeman, University of California, Berkeley

"A superb new translation. The style is excellent: lively, natural dialogue; vigorous prose in battle descriptions; dignified phrasing where called for. This translation is no less than classic."—Cyril Birch, University of California, Berkeley

"A material epic with an astonishing fidelity to history, which has been translated now into lively English by Moss Roberts...The subject matter of Three Kingdoms has long held an extraordinary grip on the Chinese imagination...No less an authority than Mao Zedong asserted that when he set out on the campaigns that would ultimately bring him to power, Three Kingdoms was the book he valued most."—Patrick Hanan, New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Updated with a new foreword by Moss Roberts for this fifteenth anniversary edition, Three Kingdoms tells the story of the fateful last reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), when the Chinese empire was divided into three warring kingdoms. Writing some twelve hundred years later, the Ming author Luo Guanzhong drew on histories, dramas, and poems portraying the crisis to fashion a sophisticated, compelling narrative that has become the Chinese national epic. This abridged edition captures the novel's intimate and unsparing view of how power is wielded, how diplomacy is conducted, and how wars are planned and fought. As important for Chinese culture as the Homeric epics have been for the West, this Ming dynasty masterpiece continues to be widely influential in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam and remains a great work of world literature.

About the Author

Moss Roberts is Professor of Chinese at New York University. He translated Dao De Jing (California, 2004) and an unabridged edition of Three Kingdoms (California, 1991) and is the translator and editor of Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies (1979).

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fifteenth Anniversary Abridged Edition by

Moss Roberts vii

Preface to the Abridged Edition xiii

Acknowledgements to the Unabridged Edition xv

Foreword to the Unabridged Edition by John S. Service xix

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Afterword:

About Three Kingdoms by

MOSS ROBERTS 409

List of Principal Characters 479

Chronology of Main Events 485

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520282162
Author:
Luo, Guanzhong
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Roberts, Moss
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First Edition, Fifteenth Anniversary Abridged Edition With a New Foreword
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
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Updated with a new foreword by Moss Roberts for this fifteenth anniversary edition, Three Kingdoms tells the story of the fateful last reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), when the Chinese empire was divided into three warring kingdoms. Writing some twelve hundred years later, the Ming author Luo Guanzhong drew on histories, dramas, and poems portraying the crisis to fashion a sophisticated, compelling narrative that has become the Chinese national epic. This abridged edition captures the novel's intimate and unsparing view of how power is wielded, how diplomacy is conducted, and how wars are planned and fought. As important for Chinese culture as the Homeric epics have been for the West, this Ming dynasty masterpiece continues to be widely influential in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam and remains a great work of world literature.
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