Fortress Besieged (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Paperback. Pub Date :2006-4-1 Pages: 425 Publisher: Penguin Set in the 1930s it follows the misadventures of Fang Hung-chien (Fang Hongjian). a bumbling everyman who wastes his time studyingabroad. and secures a fake degree when learning he has run out ofmoney and must return home to China. The first part of the novel isset on the boat home. where Fang courts two young ladies. Fang was the son of a country gentleman. A marriage had beenarranged for him while at university. but the intended wife diedbefore he could see her. After completing a degree in Chineseliterature. he went to Europe where he studied at severaluniversities without pursuing a degree. After being pressured byhis family. he bought a fake degree from an American Irishman. The year was 1937. and Fang was returning to China from Europealong with other graduating Chinese students. One fellow travellerwas Miss S...

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Set on the eve of the Sino-Japanese war, Fortress Besieged recounts the exuberant misadventures of the hapless hero Fang Hung-chien, who after aimlessly studying in Europe at his family's expense returns to Shanghai armed with a bogus degree from a fake university. On the liner back, Fang's life becomes deeply entangled with those of two Chinese beauties - while when he does finally make it home, he obtains a teaching post at a newly established university, encounters effete pseudo-intellectuals, and falls into a marriage of disastrous proportions. A glorious tale of love, marriage, war, calamity, disillusionment and hope, this is one of the greatest Chinese novels: combining Eastern philosophy, Western traditions, adventure, tragicomedy and satire to create a unique feast of delights.

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"The most delightful and carefully wrought novel in modern Chinese literature....Future generations of Chinese readers will return to this book more frequently than to any other novel of the Republican period."

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