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October 31, 2011 (Monday)

 

            三國演義 in English

 

                                                許松勇

 

 

Near the end of the Han dynasty, around 200 A.D., the empire starts crumbling into 3 states. Some 1,100 years later, a Chinese writer, 羅貫中, tells the story in a novel 三國演義. In 1994, its English translation, by Moss Roberts Professor of Chinese at NYU, was published by the Univ. of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles/Foreign Languages Press, Beijing.  The English text is full of actions, tricks and warfare schemes in short, concise and forceful sentences.  I fall in love with it at the first sight and I bet you would too.  I plan to give 2 lectures on the translation text to my NTU Medical English class, spring semester 2012.    

(also posted on my Facebook page)