IRON & SILK.

Salzman, Mark.

ISBN 10: 0394551567 / ISBN 13: 9780394551562
Published by New York: Random House, (1986.) dj
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Hardcover first edition - First printing. A beautifully written and perceptive account of Salzman's experiences in China from 1982, when he arrived in Hunan Province to teach English, to 1984 - or as the dust jacket describes it: "A Young American Encounters Swordsmen, Bureaucrats and Other Citizens of Contemporary China." Already skilled in the martial arts, he was invited to become the only pupil of Pan Qungfu, China's foremost wushu (kung fu) expert. Finalist of the Pulitzer Prize and the basis for a movie, for which Salzman wrote the screenplay and played himself. Calligraphy by the author. 211 pp. Near fine in a very near fine dustjacket (gift inscription on front endpaper.). Bookseller Inventory # 49851

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Title: IRON & SILK.

Publisher: New York: Random House, (1986.) dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.
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In 1982, Salzman flew off to teach English in Changsha, China. He writes of bureaucrats, students and Cultural Revolution survivors, stripping none of their complexity and humanity. He's gentle with their idiocies, saving his sharpest barbs for himself (it's his pants that split from zipper to waist whilst demonstrating martial arts in Canton). Though dribs of history and drabs of classical lore seep through, this is mostly a personal tale, noted by the Los Angeles Times for "the charmingly unpretentious manner in which it penetrates a China inaccessible to other foreigners."

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