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Shanghai Express: A Thirties Novel - Fiction from Modern China (Paperback)
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Shanghai Express: A Thirties Novel - Fiction from Modern China (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 30/04/1997
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In this suspenseful tale of seduction and deception, a wealthy banker is smitten by an alluring young woman while traveling aboard the express train from Beijing to Shanghai. A consummate storyteller and one of the most popular novelists of his day, Zhang Henshui sweeps us on board with them and takes us through train stations and back and forth between first-, second-, and third-class cars, evoking the sights and sounds and smells of this microcosm of the urban world. Here is popular Chinese fiction at its best. This socially and psychologically incisive portrait of modern China can be read with great return against issues of gender, class, and modernity. And if this is not enough, it is also a travelogue, providing a delightful read for anyone who has traveled or is simply curious about traveling by train in China. First serialized in Shanghai in 1935, Shanghai Express appears now in English for the first time.

Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
ISBN: 9780824818302
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lyell s translation captures and conveys Zhang s Chinese literary style with admirable skill and sensibility.-- "CHOICE""
In Shanghai Express Zhang Henshui used a recurring theme in traditional Chinese literature: love between an honest, credulous man and a sly woman.... [But] he replaced the moral message of the traditional story--that young men should not fall in love with amoral women--with another message more suitable for modern times: do not fall in love with someone who might bring about financial and social ruin.-- "China Review International"
Lyell's translation captures and conveys Zhang's Chinese literary style with admirable skill and sensibility.-- "CHOICE"

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