Records of the Grand Historian

Records of the Grand Historian : Sima Qian

Translated by Burton Watson


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Sima Qian (145?-90? BCE) was the first major Chinese historian. His Shiji, or Records of the Grand Historian, documents the history of China and its neighboring countries from the ancient past to his own time. These three volumes cover the Qin and Han dynasties.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • 15 Feb 1996
  • Columbia University Press
  • New York
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • 0231081693
  • 9780231081696
  • 262,767

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Burton Watson is one of the world's best-known translators from the Chinese and Japanese. His translations include The Lotus Sutra, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Ryokan: Zen Monk-Poet of Japan, Saigyo: Poems of a Mountain Home, and The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry: From Early Times to the Thirteenth Century, all published by Columbia.

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