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Selected Works of Ba Jin, Vol 2: Garden of Repose, Bitter Cold Nights by Ba Jin; Pa Chin; Li Yaotang; Li Fei-Kan; Jock Hoe (trans); Sidney Shapiro (trans) - First Edition - 1988 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000000758)

Selected Works of Ba Jin, Vol 2: Garden of Repose, Bitter Cold Nights

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Selected Works of Ba Jin, Vol 2: Garden of Repose, Bitter Cold Nights

by Ba Jin; Pa Chin; Li Yaotang; Li Fei-Kan; Jock Hoe (trans); Sidney Shapiro (trans)

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9787119005751
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Beijing: Foreign Languages Press. 1988. Hardcover. First Edition (stated, actually First English-language Edition). Blue leatherette over boards with gold titles to spine and front board. Sewn binding. Sewn-in yellow silk place-marker. Fine book in a Fine jacket. Interior pristine. Spine straight and very tight. Light remainder mark to top edge. Very slight edge-wear to jacket. No tears. Not from a library. Not clipped. 502 pages.

Garden of Repose (憩园, Qì Yuán, 1944) and Bitter Cold Nights (aka Cold Nights, 寒夜, Hán Yè, 1947) are both critiques of China's traditional Confucian family system focusing on emotionally fragile and weak men struggling and failing to deal with family demands and social pressure. Both are set in Sichuan during the Sino-Japanese War (World War II) and both have been adapted into movies at least twice.

Garden of Repose is the story of two decadent and decaying families. It follows the live of two characters: a drug addict from a rich family forced to sell his family home to a businessman, and the businessman's son, a spoiled and rude boy. The drug addict squats in an abandoned temple and is beaten to death in the streets; the boy falls down a garden well and drowns.

Cold Nights portrays a Chinese Everyman's slow death by tuberculosis; his consumption apparently caused less by the bacteria in his lungs than by the debilitative generational tensions of Republican China. The protagonist is torn between his traditional mother and his modern wife. With air raid alarms sounding through the cold winter nights, it is the arguments between mother and daughter-in-law in their small apartment that are the most corrosive and frustrating as relationships deteriorate in the social depression and ennui that pervade 1940s China.

Ba Jin was the grand old man of Chinese literature from the heady years of the real cultural revolution in the 1920s and 1930s. Born into a large, wealthy Sichuanese clan, he was raised in a compound with as many as 100 relatives: the despotic grandfather, his two wives, all the adult sons and their wives and children, and eventually the grandchildren, plus dozens of servants. Family feuds broke out when Ba's grandfather died and authority was eventually transferred to an elder uncle. Ba Jin read widely and was deeply influenced by Piotr Kropotkin's famous pamphlet, An Appeal to the Young. He called Emma Goldman his "spiritual mother" and engaged in a lifelong correspondence with her. After moving to Paris in his early 20s, he joined a group of young Chinese anarchists and adopted the name Ba Jin: Ba from the first syllable in the surname of Mikhail Bakunin, and Jin for the last syllable of Kropotkin.

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RWARE0000000758
Title
Selected Works of Ba Jin, Vol 2: Garden of Repose, Bitter Cold Nights
Author
Ba Jin; Pa Chin; Li Yaotang; Li Fei-Kan; Jock Hoe (trans); Sidney Shapiro (trans)
Illustrator
Huang Yinghao
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
Jacket condition
Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
7119005758
ISBN 13
9787119005751
Publisher
Foreign Languages Press
Place of Publication
Beijing
Date published
1988
Keywords
Ba Jin, Pa Chin, Li Yaotang, Li Fei-Kan, fiction, literature, anarchism, anarchists, translations, World War 2, World War II, WW2, WWII, Chongqing, Chungking, Chinese, China, 7119005758, 0835110559
Bookseller catalogs
Anarchist Literature; China; Fiction; Domestic and Family Fiction;
Size
8vo

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