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Title:
Three kingdoms : a historical novel
Author:
Lo, Kuan-chung, approximately 1330-approximately 1400.
Uniform Title:
San guo zhi yan yi. Selections. English
Edition:
Abridged edition.
Publication Information:
Beijing : Foreign Languages Press ; Berkeley : University of California Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xv, 489 pages : map ; 21 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780520215849

9780520215856
Format :
Book

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Summary

Three Kingdoms tells the story of the fateful last reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) when the Chinese empire was divided into three warring kingdoms. Writing some twelve hundred years later, the Ming author Luo Guanzhong drew on histories, dramas, and poems portraying the crisis to fashion a sophisticated, compelling narrative that has become the Chinese national epic. This abridged edition captures the novel's intimate and unsparing view of how power is wielded, how diplomacy is conducted, and how wars are planned and fought. As important for Chinese culture as the Homeric epics have been for the West, this Ming dynasty masterpiece continues to be widely influential in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, and remains a great work of world literature.

This abridged edition is particularly useful for undergraduate courses. For the complete text, see the unabridged edition, now available in two parts: Part One ; Part Two


Author Notes

Moss Roberts is Professor of Chinese at New York University. He translated an unabridged edition of Three Kingdoms (California, 1992) and is the translator and editor of Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies (1979).