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  • The Tales of the Heikeby Burton Watson; Haruo Shirane

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 24.99

    Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, The Tales of the Heike chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike clan and changed the course of Japanese history. Featuring a vivid cast of characters, the book depicts the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail... more...

  • Love and Revolutionby Ping Lu; Nancy Du

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 26.99

    "Death is inevitably the end of a journey. Death also allows the journey to go back to the beginning." In this bold novel, one of Taiwan's most celebrated authors reimagines the lives of a legendary couple: Sun Yat-sen, known as the "Father of the Chinese Revolution," and his wife, Song Qingling. Born in 1866, Sun Yat-sen grew up an admirer of... more...

  • The City Trilogyby Chang Hsi-kuo; John Balcom

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 39.99

    Taiwan's most innovative science fiction writer presents three tales of intrigue, espionage, betrayal, political strife, time travel, and Chinese history and mysticism. After thousands of years of civil unrest and countless wars, the weary Huhui people of Sunlon City have once again succumbed to a ruthless and overpowering enemy. In Five Jade Disks,... more...

  • Grass For My Pillowby Saiichi Maruya; Dennis Keene

    Columbia University Press 2002; US$ 34.99

    First published in Japanese in 1966, the debut novel of the critically acclaimed author of Singular Rebellion is an unusual portrait of a deeply taboo subject in twentieth-century Japanese society: resistance to the draft in World War II. In 1940 Shokichi Hamada is a conscientious objector who dodges military service by simply disappearing from... more...

  • In Another Countryby Priya Joshi

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 31.99

    In a work of stunning archival recovery and interpretive virtuosity, Priya Joshi illuminates the cultural work performed by two kinds of English novels in India during the colonial and postcolonial periods. Spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, readers and writers, empire and nation, consumption and production, In Another Country vividly... more...

  • Wild Kidsby Chang Ta-chun; Michael Berry

    Columbia University Press 2005; US$ 24.99

    These two searingly funny and unsettling portraits of teenagers beyond the control and largely beneath the notice of adults in 1980s Taiwan are the first English translations of works by Taiwan's most famous and best-selling literary cult figure. Chang Ta-chun's intricate narrative and keen, ironic sense of humor poignantly and piercingly convey the... 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$ 31.99

    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...

  • A Shawl of Mistby Yukiko Inoue-Smith

    University Press of America 2012; US$ 28.99

    This book of tanka, an ancient style of Japanese poetry, includes essays written to accompany and complement the poems. The short essays included here provide practical thoughts based on the author?s long years of personal and professional experiences ? studying, reading, teaching, thinking, and especially, cherishing each day of living. more...

  • The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion, and Literatureby Manav Ratti

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 125.00

    This book presents a rich, interdisciplinary study of postsecularism as an affirmational political possibility emerging through the potentials and limits of both secular and religious thought. While secularism and religion can foster inspiration and creativity, they also can be linked with violence, civil war, partition, majoritarianism, and communalism,... more...