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


Travels Through Dali: With a Leg of Ham

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Published: 2016-10-17

ISBN: 9780734399427

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Penguin china

Synopsis

‘Velvet-red meat patterned with seams of fat like the finest Dali marble. Time has done its work.’

Zhang Mei has always cherished the ham from her native province of Yunnan, China. Growing up in Dali on the banks of the Xi’er River, Mei relished the morsels of ham her father would toss into a dish of spicy green peppers and onions. Over time she learned that the true magic of Yunnan ham lies not just in its salty-sweet taste, produced by an intricate curing process, but also in its ability to bring people together and carry on a time-honoured way of life. Now a successful entrepreneur,

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Price: RRP $50.00


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


From the Tsar's Railway to the Red Army

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Published: 2014-8-25

ISBN: 9780734310477

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

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 $9.99


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


Getting Stuck in For Shanghai

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Published: 2014-7-23

ISBN: 9780143800293

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

After 1914, between tiffin and a day at the race track, the British in Shanghai enjoyed a life far removed from the horrors of the Great War. Shanghai’s status as a treaty port – with its foreign concessions home to expatriates from every corner of the globe – made it the most cosmopolitan city in Asia. The city’s inhabitants on either side of the conflict continued to mix socially to mix socially after the outbreak of war, the bond amongst foreign nationals being almost as strong as that between countrymen. But as news of the slaughter spread of the Far East, and in particular the sinking

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Price: AUD $3.99


Chomping at the Bitcoin

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Published: 2014-7-23

ISBN: 9780734310538

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

Chomping at the Bitcoin

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Price: AUD $9.99


The Chinese Labour Corps: Penguin Special

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Published: 2014-5-31

ISBN: 9780143800316

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

As the young men of Europe were fighting in the trenches, a little known contingent of Chinese labourers crossed the world to provide support vital to the Allied war effort. Largely illiterate farmers from northern China, these men were simply attempting to make a better life for themselves, ignorant of the war and its causes. Under brutal conditions many died for their efforts, and their involvement wasn’t recognised for decades – it is still not widely known. In this fascinating First World War China Special, journalist Mark O’Neill brings their story to light, describing in detail the labourers’

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Price: $9.99


The Siege of Tsingtao: Penguin Specials

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Published: 2014-3-03

ISBN: 9780143800118

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Penguin China

Synopsis

In 1914, Europe was not the only continent coming to terms with a new form of conflict. Through a mix of complex alliances and global ambition, the war had spread to northern China, where the German-held port of Tsingtao became a key battleground. To strike a blow at Kaiser Wilhelm’s naval forces, Britain and its ally Japan lay siege to the port during October and November. In The Siege of Tsingtao, the first of the Penguin China Specials on the First World War, celebrated historian Jonathan Fenby examines the causes of the battle, the ulterior motives for it, and the path it helped set East Asia

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Price: $9.99


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