The Laughing Sutra

The Laughing Sutra

By Mark Salzman

Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780679735465, 272pp.

Publication Date: January 1992


Iron & Silk, Mark Salzman's bestselling account of his adventures as an English teacher and martial arts student in China, introduced a writer of enormous charm and keen insight into the cultural chasm between East and West. Now Salzman returns to China in his first novel, which follows the adventures of Hsun-ching, a naive but courageous orphan, and the formidable and mysterious Colonel Sun, who together travel from mainland China to San Francisco, risking everything to track down an elusive Buddhist scripture called The Laughing Sutra. Part Tom Sawyer, part Tom Jones, The Laughing Sutra draws us into an irresistible narrative of danger and comedy that speaks volumes about the nature of freedom and the meaning of loyalty.

About the Author
Mark Salzman (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The son of a social worker and a music teacher, Salzman grew up in Connecticut and studied Chinese language and philosophy at Yale University. After college, he spent two years in China, learning martial arts from some of China s most renowned teachers, an experience he documented in his bestselling memoir "Iron & Silk". He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, director Jessica Yu, and their two daughters.

Praise For The Laughing Sutra

"A contemporary version of [a] classic tale...Salzman is a highly appealing writer."

-- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Lovingly drawn...very promising and often funny...Salzman is skilled at using his tale to comment on such varied matters as the Cultural Revolution, the Hong Kong drug trade, American amusement parks in West Coast galleries."

-- Time