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KO, Peng.

Black Tears. Stories of War-torn China.

Translated by Nancy Ing. Introduction by C. T. Hsia.

Published: [Taipei:] Chinese Materials Center Publications, 1986

Stock code: 102406

Price: £50

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First edition of this collection. This copy inscribed by the author, “Dear Ms. Josephine Pullein-Thompson with very best wishes, Peng Ko, 1988.” Peng Ko has combined a successful career as a newspaperman, now editor-in-chief of the Central Daily News, with that of a prolific author of novels, short stories, and opinion pieces. The majority of the stories collected here were written between 1953 and 1959, and relate to the Sino-Japanese War in which Ko was a participant. Probably best known for her pony novels, in her later years Pullein-Thompson was increasingly involved in writers’ groups, most importantly English PEN, promoting writers’ freedoms around the world. From 1976 to 1993 she was English PEN’s general secretary. Ko has been a frequent contributor to the Chinese PEN Quarterly including a celebratory piece in their twentieth anniversary issue, “On the Twentieth Anniversary of the Chinese PEN Quarterly”, to the Fall, 1992 issue.

Octavo. Original black boards, title in silver to the spine. With the dust jacket. Very good.

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