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  • The Last of the Whampoa Breedby Pang-yuan Chi; David Der-Wei Wang

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    Whampoa Military Academy was China's first modern military institution. For decades the "Spirit of Whampoa" was invoked as the highest praise to all Chinese soldiers who guarded their nation heroically. But of all the battles these soldiers have fought, the most challenging one was the civil war that resulted in the "great divide" of China in the... more...

  • My South Seas Sleeping Beautyby Guixing Zhang; Valerie Jaffee

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 31.99

    My South Seas Sleeping Beauty is a captivating coming-of-age tale set in the magical jungles of Borneo. Told through the vivid recollections of a Chinese-Malay youth, the novel recounts the life of Su Qi, a troubled, sensitive son of a wealthy family, and exemplifies the imaginative range of one of Taiwan's most innovative writers. "There were... more...

  • Mountains Painted with Turmericby Lil Bahadur Chettri; Michael J. Hutt

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 31.99

    Since its publication in the late 1950s, Mountains Painted with Turmeric has struck a chord in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Nepali readers. Set in the hills of far eastern Nepal, the novel offers readers a window into the lives of the people by depicting in subtle detail the stark realities of village life. Carefully translated from... more...

  • The Blue Wolf: A Novel of the Life of Chinggis Khanby Joshua Fogel; Inoue Yasushi

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 34.99

    One of the world's most ruthless warriors, Chinggis Khan conquered nearly all of Asia in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, transforming the scattered and impoverished Mongols into an exceptionally proud and powerful nation. In this riveting and thoroughly researched portrait, Japan's celebrated epic novelist drives at the root of the khan's great... more...

  • Running Mother and Other Storiesby Songfen Guo; John Balcom

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Guo Songfen's short stories are masterful psychological portraits that play with the echoes of history and the nature of identity. One of the few modernists to truly capture the fallout from such events as the February 28th Incident and the White Terror, Guo Songfen illuminates the quiet core of his characters through a spare and immediate style... more...

  • There's Nothing I Can Do When I Think of You Late at Nightby Naiqian Cao; John Balcom

    Columbia University Press 2009; US$ 34.99

    Set among a remote cluster of cave dwellings in Shanxi province, There's Nothing I Can Do When I Think of You Late at Night is a genre-defying exposť of rural communism. In a series of vivid, interlocking vignettes, several narrators speak of adultery, bestiality, incest, and vice, revealing the consequences of desire in a world of necessity.... more...

  • The Taste of Applesby Huang Chun-ming; Howard Goldblatt

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 26.99

    From the preeminent writer of Taiwanese nativist fiction and the leading translator of Chinese literature come these poignant accounts of everyday life in rural and small-town Taiwan. Huang is frequently cited as one of the most original and gifted storytellers in the Chinese language, and these selections reveal his genius. In "The Two Sign Painters,"... more...

  • The Sound of the Kiss, or The Story That Must Never Be Toldby Pingali Suranna; Velcheru Narayana Rao; David Shulman

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 32.99

    In this sixteenth-century masterpiece of Telugu literature, from the region now known as Andhra Pradesh, Suranna recounts the story of a young courtesan who falls in love with the most handsome man in the universe and overhears him speaking of a mysterious person whose story must never be told. Burning with curiosity and desire, she ventures to the... more...

  • The Master of Goby Yasunari Kawabata

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 14.95

    Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other?s black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, Go is an essential expression of the Japanese spirit. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and heretofore invincible Master and a younger, more modern... more...

  • Beauty and Sadnessby Yasunari Kawabata

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 14.95

    The successful writer Oki has reached middle age and is filled with regrets. He returns to Kyoto to find Otoko, a young woman with whom he had a terrible affair many years before, and discovers that she is now a painter, living with a younger woman as her lover. Otoko has continued to love Oki and has never forgotten him, but his return unsettles not... more...