The Plum in the Golden Vase, Or, Chin P`ing Mei Volume 5 The Dissolution by David Tod Roy
By: David Tod Roy
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Print ISBN: 9780691157719, 0691157715
eText ISBN: 9781400848157, 1400848156
Copyright year: 2013
The fifth and final volume of a celebrated translation of the classic Chinese novel This is the fifth and final volume in David Roy’s celebrated translation of one of the most famous and important novels in Chinese literature. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei is an anonymous sixteenth-century work that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch’ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines. The novel, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art form—not only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context. This complete and annotated translation aims to faithfully represent and elucidate all the rhetorical features of the original in its most authentic form and thereby enable the Western reader to appreciate this Chinese masterpiece at its true worth.