Black Tears. Stories of War-torn China.
Translated by Nancy Ing. Introduction by C. T. Hsia.
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.
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Octavo. Original black boards, title in silver to the spine. With the dust jacket. Very good.