Monday, 15th December 2014 7:00 pm - Thursday, 31st December 2015 9:00 pmRAS Library
Nanjing 1937 – A Love Story: Ye Zhaoyan
RAS BOOK CLUB
Monday, 15 December 2014 at 7 pm
Venue: RAS Library, Sino-British College
The RAS Book Club will meet to discuss:
Nanjing 1937: A Love Story
Author: Ye Zhaoyan
Translator: Michael Berry
Publication Date: 8 June 2004
Paperback: 400 pages
Copies of the book will be available at RAS events prior to this meeting. You may also obtain a copy of the book by contacting the RAS Book Club (see below).
Entrance: RMB 20 (RAS Members) and RMB 50 (non-members) including a drink (tea, coffee, soft drink, or glass of wine). Those unable to make the donation but wishing to attend may contact us for exemption, prior to this RAS Book Club event. Member applications and membership renewals will be available at this event.
N.B. RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL AS SPACE IS LIMITED AT THIS EVENT.
THE BOOK (Good Reads)
A masterpiece by one of China’s bestselling contemporary novelists, Nanjing 1937 tells the epic story of a passionate courtship played out against the backdrop of one of the century’s most harrowing scenes of war.
Ding Wenyu is a philandering professor famous for storming out of class if there aren’t enough pretty girls to teach. When he attends the wedding of the beautiful Ren Yuyuan, he falls hopelessly in love with her. Embarking with single-minded resolve to win her heart, he writes daily love letters and makes unabashed overtures to no avail, all the while blissfully unaware of the mounting threat of the Japanese, whose siege of the historic capital city will result in the rape of thousands and murder on an unimaginable scale. A love story devastatingly linked to a nation’s inexorable fate, this swirling tempest of a novel moves us from antic heights to tragic depths while vividly evoking a prosperous China on the brink of political upheaval.
THE AUTHOR (Anchor)
Ye Zhaoyan is one of the most popular and prolific writers in China. Born in Nanjing in 1957, he is the grandson of Ye Shaojun, one of the most important Chinese writers of the early 20th century. He has won many awards for his writing and has published essays as well as fiction. He lives in Nanjing.