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The King of Trees - Three Novellas: the King of Trees, the King of Chess, the King of Children (Paperback) Loot Price: R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 You Save: R53 (18%)

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The King of Trees - Three Novellas: the King of Trees, the King of Chess, the King of Children (Paperback)

Ah Cheng; Translated by Bonnie S. Macdougall

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When the three novellas in The King of Trees were published separately in China in the 1980s, Ah Cheng fever spread across the country. Never before had a fiction writer dealt with the Cultural Revolution in such Daoist-Confucian terms, discarding Mao-speak, and mixing both traditional and vernacular elements with an aesthetic that emphasized not the hardships and miseries of those years, but the joys of close, meaningful friendships. In The King of Chess, a student s obsession with finding worthy chess opponents symbolizes his pursuit of the dao; in The King of Children made into an award-winning film by Chen Kaige, the director of Farewell My Concubine an educated youth is sent to teach at an impoverished village school where one boy s devotion to learning is so great he is ready to spend 500 days copying his teacher s dictionary; and in the title novella a peasant s innate connection to a giant primeval tree takes a tragic turn when a group of educated youth arrive to clear the mountain forest. As moving and enduring as the best of Jack London or Knut Hamsun, The King of Trees is as relevant today as it will be tomorrow.


Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 2010
First published: June 2010
Authors: Ah Cheng
Translators: Bonnie S. Macdougall
Dimensions: 201 x 131 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196
ISBN-13: 978-0-8112-1866-5
Barcode: 9780811218665
Languages: English
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Special features > Short stories
LSN: 0-8112-1866-X

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