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Iron & Silk

Salzman, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0394551567 / ISBN 13: 9780394551562
Published by Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Random House Inc, 1986
Used Condition: Collectible; Very Good Hardcover
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warmly inscribed by author to Asgor Aaboe: light edgewear along boards, slightly cocked to the right, rubbing along edges of dustcover, slightly discoloration along inside of dustcover, mylar protected. Bookseller Inventory # 77815

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Title: Iron & Silk

Publisher: Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.: Random House Inc

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Collectible; Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

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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