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The Blue & the Black. The Blue & the Black. The Blue & the Black.
The Blue & the Black.
LAN, Wang.

The Blue & the Black....

Translated by David L. Steelman.

Availability: In stock

Published: [Taipei] Chinese Materials Center Publications, 1987

Stock Code: 102373

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First edition in English, first published 1958. This copy inscribed by the author, "To Dear Ms. Josephine Pullein-Thompson with best wishes, Wang Lan, 1988, Taipei, R.O.C." Lan's is considered one of of the most important novels of the war against Japan, and remains a major best-seller; "Superficially The Blue and the Black is pulp romance. It features Zhang Xingya whose affections waver between a patriotic nurse and the temperamental daughter of a Sichuan warlord for Lan there is no doubt as to the hero's alliance - he is firmly entrenched in the Nationalist camp. Thus, more profoundly, The Blue and the Black is a politically charged narrative, first depicting the Japanese invasion, and then the Communist takeover, seeking to legitimate the Nationalist position along the way" (The Columbia Companion to Modern East Asian Literature). 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, while Wang Lan was himself director of the Taipei Chinese Center of the International PEN. An attractive association.

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Octavo. Original white cloth, title gilt to the spine. With the dust jacket.


Jacket a touch rubbed and with light creasing and some chipping at the edges, but overall very good.


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