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South of the Clouds: Exploring the Hidden Realms of China (SIGNED)

Faison, Seth

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ISBN 10: 0312306407 / ISBN 13: 9780312306403
Published by St. Martin's Press, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED and inscribed on title page by Seth Faison to to American artist Barbara Poe whose work was first exhibited in the 1942 Surrealist show in New York selected and organized by Marcel Duchamp and Andre Breton. ; Tight, clean and crisp. An excellent copy now protected in a new Mylar cover. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. As New. ; Barbara Poe's paintings are included in the collections of the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation and many other important museums. ; 8.30 X 5.50 X 1.10 inches; 288 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 22087

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Title: South of the Clouds: Exploring the Hidden ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

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South of the Clouds offers a fascinating, intimate portrait of China by telling the story of an American man who ventures into its hidden realms---romance, politics, the criminal underworld, and Tibet. As he matures from a wide-eyed student into a journalist and a seasoned observer, he develops a passion for uncovering secrets, about China and about himself.

The author navigates his way past forbidding walls to peek inside the dark corners of Chinese society, relying on a remarkable collection of friends and acquaintances who help guide the way: an embittered policeman in Xian, a gay professor in Shanghai, and a Buddhist monk in Tibet, who presides at an ancient burial ritual where the corpse is carved up and fed to wild vultures.

The Tiananmen Square massacre, people smuggling, and the Falun Gong movement are among the political and social upheavals that the author explains as he witnesses China's uncertain road toward capitalism and its place in the modern world.

Along the way, the author wrestles with his own cultural identity, his sexuality, and his spiritual bearings. He finds an erotic outlet in the Chinese "Sauna Massage" and a stirring emotional connection with Jin Xing, a brilliant choreographer and China's first openly transsexual citizen. Ultimately, he discovers the answer to lifelong questions on a mountaintop in Tibet.

Seth Faison, with a subtle understanding of Chinese culture, brings past and present events to life in a thought-provoking account of this mysterious nation and its people.

About the Author:

Seth Faison won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 as a member of the New York Times team covering the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He spent twelve years living in China, as a student, a journalist, and finally as Shanghai Bureau Chief for the New York Times. Faison now lives with his family in Santa Monica, California.

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