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IRON & SILK.

Salzman, Mark.

ISBN 10: 0394551567 / ISBN 13: 9780394551562
Published by RANDOM HOUSE., NY, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine in a close to fine dj. (Orange hued ampersand at spine on dj. lightly discolored) Clean, tight copy of the author's elusive FIRST book. Bookseller Inventory # 28873

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Bibliographic Details

Title: IRON & SILK.

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE., NY

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

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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