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    DescriptionThree 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. This decisive period in Chinese history became a subject of intense and continuing interest to historians, poets, and dramatists. Writing some 1,200 years later, the Ming author Luo Guanzhong drew on this rich literary heritage to fashion a sophisticated, compelling narrative that has become the Chinese national epic. Luo's novel offers a startling and unsparing view of how power is wielded, how diplomacy is conducted, and how wars are planned and fought; it has influenced the ways the Chinese think about power, diplomacy, and war even to this day. 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, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, and remains a great work of world literature. The University of California Press is pleased to make the complete and unabridged translation available again.


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    Title
    Three Kingdoms: Pt. 1
    Subtitle
    A Historical Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Luo Guanzhong, Afterword by Moss Roberts, Foreword by John S. Service, Translated by Moss Roberts
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 552
    Width: 178 mm
    Height: 254 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 912 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520224780
    ISBN 10: 0520224787
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.3
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: FV
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FH
    Libri: I-FH
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/CHINES, CULT/ASIAN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 68
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SEASIN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET040
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/CHINES
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 895.1/346, 895.1346
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PL2690.S3 E53 2004, 2004043994
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000, SOC008000
    Thema V1.0: FV
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Illustrations note
    11 maps
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    14 June 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Luo Guanzhong (c. 1330-c. 1400) was a novelist and dramatist who played an important role in the development of Chinese popular fiction. Moss Roberts is Professor of Chinese at New York University. He is the translator and editor of Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies (1979). John S. Service grew up in China and was a Foreign Service officer there from 1933 to 1945.
    Review quote
    "By the measure of sheer density of history and drama, all other historical novels suffer by comparison to "Three Kingdoms, the great epic of the Chinese literary tradition. Roberts' rendition of the prose is lively and readable, but his translation of the poetry is a delight, capturing the flavour and pace, and sometimes even the rhyme, of the original."--"National Post (Canadian daily)
    Back cover copy
    ""The Three Kingdoms" gives us "The Iliad" of China. First of the five great works of traditional prose fiction, this master narrative transforms history into epic and has thereby educated and entertained readers of five centuries with unforgettable exemplars of martial and civic virtue, of personal fidelity and political treachery. Moss Roberts's translation, the first complete rendering in English, is one of surpassing excellence and impeccable scholarship. It should delight and captivate Western readers for many more years to come."--Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago "Moss Roberts's elegant and powerful translation of China's most important historical romance has a stunning directness that aptly conveys the dramatic boldness of the original episodic narrative. English readers may now finally understand why this 15th-century novel so strategically shaped the political world-view of generations of Chinese."--Frederic Wakeman, Director of the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley