Notes and Acknowledgments Translator's Introduction Nanjing 1937: A Love Story Author's Afterword Glossary of Historical Figures
Set on the eve of the Rape of Nanjing-when Japanese troops invaded the historic capital city, massacred hundreds of thousands, and committed thousands of rapes-Nanjing 1937 is a tender and humorous story of an impossible love and a lively, detailed historical portrait of a culture on the verge of rupture.
Zhaoyan Ye is a native of Nanjing and one of the most popular writers in the People's Republic of China. He is the author of more than thirty books, including the 1994 novel The Flower's Shadow, which was the basis for the internationally acclaimed 1996 film Temptress Moon. Michael Berry is a doctoral candidate in East Asian languages and cultures at Columbia University and is the translator of Wild Kids: Two Novels About Growing Up by Chang Tachun (Columbia, 2000) and the forthcoming To Live by Yu Hua.
For fans of Chinese literature and the myth of Chinese glamour, "Nanjing 1937" is a treasure. -- Carolyn See Washington Post Ye paints a rich tableau of prewar Chinese politics and social mores. The contrast between the advance of the Japanese and Ding's slow seduction of Ren is both poignant and deliciously ironic. Publishers Weekly A moving and fascinating account of tragic love, narrated with a minimum of sentimentality and a good sense of history well captured in the fluid, unobtrusive translation. Kirkus Ye Zhaoyan has managed to capture and communicate a broad spectrum of passionate emotions that transcend the cultural divide between East and West. Booklist Nanjing1937 is an interliterary feast, with significant motifs of the great wartime novelists Qian Zhongshu, Eileen Chang, and Ba Jin, plus Doctorow-like cameos of real 1930's Chinese celebrities. Berry renders the novel in a bright American idiom and provides expert glosses for all the historical figures in an index. Choice Ye Zhaoyan's story has the sweep of a great saga. Nanjing 1937 is a fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture and society. Historical Novels Review Ye's novel does succeed in painting an evocative picture of China's capital on the eve of the Japanese onslaught. The reimagining of life in Republican China has been a major concern in contemporary Chinese fiction, and to this body of work Nanjing 1937 is a distinctive addition. Persimmon