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Three Kingdoms

A Historical Novel

Guanzhong Luo, Moss Roberts (Translated by), Moss Roberts (Foreword by)


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“A material epic with an astonishing fidelity to history."—New York Times Book Review

Three Kingdoms tells the story of the fateful last reign of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 220), when the Chinese empire was divided into three warring kingdoms. Writing some twelve hundred years later, the Ming author Luo Guanzhong drew on histories, dramas, and poems portraying the crisis to fashion a sophisticated, compelling narrative that has become the Chinese national epic. This abridged edition captures the novel's intimate and unsparing view of how power is wielded, how diplomacy is conducted, and how wars are planned and fought. As important for Chinese culture as the Homeric epics have been for the West, this Ming dynasty masterpiece continues to be widely influential in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam and remains a great work of world literature.

University of California Press, 9780520344556, 478pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

About the Author

Moss Roberts is Professor of Chinese at New York University. He translated Dao De Jing and an unabridged edition of Three Kingdoms and is the translator and editor of Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies.