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  • Published: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781590178768
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 370
  • RRP: $29.99
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The Peach Blossom Fan



Written in 1699 and based on the recollections of survivors, The Peach Blossom Fan is a grand historical play about the last days of the Ming dynasty as it fell to the invading Manchus. With compelling vividness, K’ung re-creates confrontations between loyalists and those who sell out to the newest master; nostalgic scenes of dalliance in riverside pavilions; desperate stands on battlements; and rituals of commemoration for the lost empire. Here are gallant generals and sycophantic ministers, court musicians and singing girls, and the love of a talented scholar and a beautiful courtesan. Immensely popular in its own time, The Peach Blossom Fan continues to be performed and has been adapted into films, operas, and modern theater pieces. This lively translation has been out of print for almost four decades.

  • Published: 15 August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781590178768
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 370
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

Praise for The Peach Blossom Fan

“Besides the historical authenticity, [The Peach Blossom Fan] is replete with romance, conflicts between loyalty and treachery, a healthy measure of bawdy humor, punning, elegant poetry, moral issues, and popular philosophical currents...[This] is a lively, readable, and faithful translation of a major work of Chinese literature.” —Howard Goldblatt   “Many popular Chinese plays fail to qualify as literature, being no more than plain scripts for brilliant actors to display their virtuosity. The Peach Blossom Fan appears to be a luminous exception, for it is a highly poetic chronicle play composed by a distinguished scholar, K’ung Shang-jen, who was born soon after the events he portrayed. As a vivid evocation of the downfall of the Ming dynasty, it deserves to be better known to students of Chinese literature and history.” —Harold Acton

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