Synopses & Reviews
Li Yu, considered a master of comedy in Chinese literature, was a novelist, playwright, and essayist in the seventeenth century. In this collection, Patrick Hanan has translated six of the twelve stories in the Shi'ier lou collection, which is the most famous individual collection of vernacular stories from premodern China. With Hanan's introduction and notes, and containing Li Yu's emphasis marks, notes, and critiques, A Tower for the Summer Heat will be treasured by general readers, students, and scholars alike.
"Marvelous...a book of trenchant satire and lively humor....Patrick Hanan's translation is the only complete, unexpurgated one....With superb acuity of hearing, he has caught the author's sardonic tone, the tongue-in-cheek apology for outlandish ideas and practices, and the uproarious or deadpan humor of both speeches and narration. We are indebted to him for great fun." New York Times Book Review
"One of the funniest books ever written." The New Yorker