Beethoven in China

Published: 31/08/2015

ISBN: 9780734399526

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

At the turn of the twentieth century, students returning from abroad introduced Beethoven to China. The composer’s perseverance in the face of adversity and his musical genius resonated in a nation searching for a way forward. Beethoven remained a durable part of Chinese life in the decades that followed, becoming an icon to intellectuals, music fans and party cadres alike, playing a role in major historical events from the May Fourth Movement to the normalisation of US-China relations. Jindong Cai, whose love for the musician began during the Cultural Revolution, and culture journalist Sheila

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Price: AUD $9.99


The Civil Servant's Notebook: China Library

Published: 23/12/2015

ISBN: 9780734399588

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

Dongzhou City needs a new mayor. Devious plots, seduction, blackmail and bribery are all on the table in a no-holds-barred scramble for prestige and personal gain as the city’s two vice-mayors compete for the top honour. At the centre of it all is a humble witness to events, a notebook whose pages contain information they should not …

Penned by a former insider, The Civil Servant’s Notebook is a political page-turner that offers a glimpse into the complex psyches of those who roam the guarded halls of Chinese officialdom.

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Price: $19.99


Northern Girls: Life Goes On: China Library

Published: 23/12/2015

ISBN: 9780670076161

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

Qian Xiaohong is born into a sleepy village far from China’s headlong rush towards development. A scandalous love affair launches the buxom but unwordly sixteen-year-old on a journey to the southern boomtown of Shenzhen. There, released from the stifling conservatism of her rural upbringing, Xiaohong must navigate a strange new world with unfamiliar rules and values, and learn to go on in the face of great adversity. Along the way, Xiaohong finds support and solace from her fellow ‘northern girls’, with whom life’s challenges and pleasures can be shared.

Northern Girls explores the inner lives

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The People's Bard: How China made Shakespeare its Own

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Published: 2016-9-22

ISBN: 9780734399021

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin china

Synopsis

The story of Shakespeare in China is one of cultural blending and reinvention. Peopled by devoted evangelists, theatre directors and dogged interpreters intent on bridging divisions of language and politics, it tracks the trajectory of modern Chinese history and the development of theatre arts. Four hundred years after Shakespeare’s death, Nancy Pellegrini pulls back the curtain on how the Bard of Avon rose from inauspicious Chinese beginnings to become the People’s Bard, exploring traditional opera-style Shakespeare productions, decades of Marxist interpretations, revolutionary translation

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Price: RRP$9.99


Flock of Brown Birds

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Published: 2016-6-20

ISBN: 9780734399601

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

In this avant garde novella, memory and time are subjective. A writer named Ge Fei retreats to the beautiful solitude of the Waterside to finish his novel inspired by the Revelations of St. John. He perceives ominous and portentous signs in the natural landscape around him, particularly in a flock of brown birds that flies periodically past his window. The arrival of a mysterious woman named Qi magnifies his anxiety and sense of temporal disorientation, calling into question his grasp on reality.

Ge Fei is one of China’s foremost writers of experimental fiction and currently serves as Professor

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Price: RRP $9.99


A Billion Voices: China's Search for a Common Language

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Published: 2016-12-2

ISBN: 9780734399595

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

Mandarin, Guoyu or Putonghua? ‘Chinese’ is a language known by many names, and China is a country home to many languages. Since the turn of the twentieth century linguists and politicians have been on a mission to create a common language for China. From the radical intellectuals of the May Fourth Movement, to leaders such as Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong, all fought linguistic wars to push the boundaries of language reform. Now, Internet users take the Chinese language in new and unpredictable directions. David Moser tells the remarkable story of China’s language unification agenda and its controversial

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What's Wrong with Diplomacy?

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Published: 2015-02-03

ISBN: 9780734310569

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

Traditional methods of diplomacy are fast becoming antiquated. Secrecy, pomp and elitism may have dictated diplomatic strategy of the Cold War era, but in a digitised twenty-first century, inclusivity and transparency are values of increasing importance. Access to information is being democratised for a global citizenry, and nowadays everyone is a potential diplomat. From the handover of Hong Kong to recent high-profile political scandal, former diplomat Kerry Brown explores the chequered relationship between the UK and China, offering fresh insights into the fraught and ever-changing dynamic between

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Price: AUD $9.99


What's Wrong with Diplomacy?: Penguin Special (eBook)

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Published: 2015-02-03

ISBN: 9780734310576

Format: eBook

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

Traditional methods of diplomacy are fast becoming antiquated. Secrecy, pomp and elitism may have dictated diplomatic strategy of the Cold War era, but in a digitised twenty-first century, inclusivity and transparency are values of increasing importance. Access to information is being democratised for a global citizenry, and nowadays everyone is a potential diplomat. From the handover of Hong Kong to recent high-profile political scandal, former diplomat Kerry Brown explores the chequered relationship between the UK and China, offering fresh insights into the fraught and ever-changing dynamic between

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Price: AUD $3.9


From the Tsar's Railway to the Red Army (eBook)

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Published: 2014-9-24

ISBN: 9780734310460

Format: eBook

Publisher: Penguin Aus

Synopsis

It is a little known fact that during the First World War Russia received the majority of Chinese wartime labourers working overseas. Despite assurances that they would not be involved in the war, thousands of Chinese workers dug trenches and carried ammunition for troops on the Eastern Front under brutal conditions. Then, in 1917, life for the Chinese worsened with the Bolshevik Revolution’s arrival. Some of the workers signed up to fight for the Red Army and many were left stranded in Russia, unemployed and destitute. Their plight has been described as the most tragic episode in 400 years of

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Price: AUD $3.99


Picnics Prohibited

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Published: 2014-8-25

ISBN: 9780143800330

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

At the time of the First World War, the Chinese republic was in its infancy. It had joined a number of international organizations and ratified the Hague Conventions, but found its diplomatic efforts hampered by its young, inexperienced leadership, its factional and regional divisions and the foreign-held treaty ports and concessions held over from the imperial period. The foreign powers treaded a fine diplomatic tightrope, caught between carrying out their patriotic duty to support war efforts and making sure their ‘hosts’, the Chinese, did not take advantage of the turbulence to gain the upper

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Price: AUD $9.99


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