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Title: The Chinese Translation of Russian Literature
Subtitle: Three Studies
Series Title: Sinica Leidensia

The important place of Russian literature in China is widely acknowledged.
To better understand the processes of its translation, transmission and
interpretation during the first half of the 20th century, this book draws
on an array of Chinese and Russian sources, providing insight into the
interplay of political ideologies, cultural trends, commercial forces, and
the self-definition of Chinese culture in the period under consideration.
By focusing on the translation and translators of three writers, Boris
Savinkov, Mikhail Artsybashev and Leonid Andreev, it analyzes the critical
fortune in China of the modernist literature written in Russia during the
two decades preceding the Great War and Revolution. Offering a thorough
study of Lu Xun, the most important Chinese author of the 20th century, as
a reader, translator and interpreter of Russian literature, this book also
displays the variety of the groups and persons involved in the introduction
of foreign literature, going beyond shopworn generalizations about “East”
and “West” to make meaningful statements about a complex period in Chinese

About the author(s)
Mark Gamsa, DPhil (2003), University of Oxford, is lecturer in
modern Chinese literature and history in the Department of East Asian
Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Researchers of modern Chinese literature and cultural studies, comparative
literature, Russian literature, and translation history; all those
interested in the transmission and appropriation of Western literature in

Comparative literature, may fourth, translation history, Lu Xun
(1881-1936), Zheng Zhenduo (1898-1958)

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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9004168443
ISBN-13: 9789004168442
Pages: 450
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