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The three leaps of Wang Lun : a Chinese novel /
by Alfred Döblin ; translated by C. D. Godwin.
imprint
New York : New York Review Books ; Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong : The Chinese Universitty of Hong Kong Press, [2015]
description
xxxi, 490 pages : map ; 22 cm.
ISBN
962996564X, 9629969335, 9789629965648, 9789629969332
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Book
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imprint
New York : New York Review Books ; Sha Tin, N.T., Hong Kong : The Chinese Universitty of Hong Kong Press, [2015]
isbn
962996564X
9629969335
9789629965648
9789629969332
standard identifier
40025312700
abstract
"China 1760-1774 Novel translated from the German"--
"In 1915, fourteen years before Berlin Alexanderplatz, Alfred Doblin published his first novel, an amazing, extensively researched Chinese historical extravaganza: The Three Leaps of Wang Lun. Even more remarkably, given its subject matter, the book was written in expressionist style and is now considered the first modern German novel, as well as the first Western novel to depict a China untouched by the West. Based on actual accounts of a doomed rebellion during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the late eighteenth century, the novel tells the story of Wang Lun, a historical martial arts master and charismatic leader of the White Lotus sect, who leads a futile revolt of the "Truly Powerless." Densely packed cities and Tibetan wastes, political intrigue and religious yearning, imperial court life and the fate of wandering outcasts are depicted in a language of enormous vigor and matchless imagination, unfolding the theme of timidity against force and a mystical sense of the world against the realities of power"--
catalogue key
10370413

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