Title: IRON & SILK: A YOUNG AMERICAN ENCOUNTERS ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Random House, 1986
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 211 pages. Published in 1986. The author's breakthrough debut memoir. Now considered a classic account. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Mark Salzman's "Iron & Silk". His breakthrough, and still his best, book. A beautifully written account of the author's stay in China from 1982 to 1984, where he taught English and learned the martial arts. Mark Salzman has not surpassed the book's limpid beauty and riveting narrative. His now-considerable body of work has two underlying themes: The meaning of self-education, which in Salzman's case, involves the give-and-take between a great teacher and a brilliant protege, and the persistence of hope despite the possibility that not all of one's dreams may ever be fulfilled. Lavishly praised by literary critics and the British scholar Jonathan Spence, the greatest living Western historian on China, the book subsequently became the basis of a fine film, with the author playing himself and displaying his exuberant, gravity-defying martial arts skills, impressive enough for a leading role in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". "The most unusual and most touching account of the new Sino-American interactions that I have seen" (Jonathan Spence). An absolute "must-have" title for Mark Salzman collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Mark Salzman. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful copies we have ever seen. Please note: Unlike many copies available online, the spine is not cocked and the DJ is not price-clipped or in shabby condition. A rare signed copy thus. Finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for "Iron & Silk". One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK SALZMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394551567. Bookseller Inventory # 7299
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Review: 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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