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More than a thousand years ago, an extraordinary trove of early Buddhist sutras and other scriptures was secreted away in caves near the Silk Road city of Tun-huang. But who hid this magnificent treasure and why?In "Tun-huang," the great modern Japanese novelist Yasushi Inoue tells the story of Chao Hsing-te, a young Chinese man whose accidental failure to take the all-important exam that will qualify him as ahigh government official leads to a chance encounter that draws him farther and farther into the wild and contested lands west of the Chinese Empire. Here he finds love, distinguishes himself in battle, and ultimatelydevotes himself to the strange task of depositing the scrolls in the caves where, many centuries later, they will be rediscovered. A book of magically vivid scenes, fierce passions, and astonishing adventures, "Tun-huang" is also a profound and stirring meditation on the mystery of history and the hidden presence of the past.

About the Author

Yasushi Inoue (1907–1991) was born on Hokkaidō, Japan’s northernmost island, the eldest child of an army medical officer. After a youth devoted to poetry and judo, Inoue sat, unsuccessfully, for the entrance exam to the Kyushu Imperial University Medical School. He would go on to study philosophy and literature at Kyoto Imperial University, writing his thesis on Paul Valéry. In 1935, newly married and with an infant daughter, Inoue became an arts reporter for the Osaka edition of theMainichi News. Following the Second World War, during which he briefly served in north China, he published two short novels,The Hunting GunandThe Bullfight(winner of the Akutagawa Prize for literature). In 1951 Inoue resigned from the newspaper and devoted himself to literature, becoming a best-selling and tremendously prolific author in multiple genres. Among his books translated into English areThe Hunting Gun,The Roof Tile of Tempyō,andThe Blue Wolf: A Novel of the Life of Chinggis Khan. In 1976 the emperor of Japan presented Inoue with the Order of Culture, the highest honor granted for artistic merit in Japan.

Jean Oda Moy was born in Washington State and spent her early years in Seattle, moving to Japan shortly before the outbreak of World War II . She is also thetranslator of Yasushi Inoue’sChronicle of My MotherandShirobamba: A Childhood In Old Japan.

Damion Searls is the author ofWhat We Were Doing and Where We Were Goingand an award-winning translator, most recently of Rainer Maria Rilke’sThe Inner Sky:Poems, Notes, Dreams,Jon Fosse’sAliss at the Fire, and Hans Keilson’sComedy in a Minor Key.NYRB Classics has published his abridged edition of Henry David Thoreau’sJournaland will publish his translations of the Dutch writer Nescio’s short stories and André Gide’sMarshlands.

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New York Review of Books
Fiction : Historical - General
Moy, Jean Oda
Searls, Damion
Inoue, Yasushi
Publication Date:
March 2011

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