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華裔美國記者Huan Hsu 橫跨太平洋、踏上中國與台灣,一段探索失落家族過去的尋根之旅。

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「這是一部充滿野心的家族長篇故事,雜揉了回憶錄的親密性、政治史的動盪與冒險小說的懸疑性……Hsu的細膩,產出的是對於瓷器的豐富討論,讓本書成為對此藝術傳統的珍貴介紹。」──《華爾街日報》

「除了是紀實作品與家族歷史外,Hsu探索了中國的社會與政治史、他對於中國的個人情感,以及紀錄與分享中國家族故事的價值。他流暢的文筆,融合了這些元素,使它成為非常值得一讀的故事。」──《出版者周刊》

1938年,日軍從南京逐步進逼,Huan Hsu的高祖父Liu,被迫從長江河畔逃離家鄉。在離開前,他挖了深達身長、寬達寢室的大洞,埋進家族的傳家之寶,這些收藏包括古老家具、玉珮與捲軸,以及珍貴的大量古瓷。

中國被戰火摧殘後,數十年過去了,家族成員散落於相隔數萬公里的各地。Liu的家族珍寶,仍與那一段過去一般,埋藏於沒有人願意談論之處。直到在美國鹽湖城長大的Hsu,出於好奇心搬到中國,在叔叔的半導體芯片企業工作,並在一次與他於中國的最後血親──祖母的對話裡,激起了解失落家族珍寶的欲望。

他深入中國鄉間,試圖分別模糊了家族過去的事實與虛構,最終完成他家族的返鄉之旅。《The Porcelain Thief》以親密與令人難以忘懷的方式,帶讀者了解定義了中國過去兩個世紀,血淋淋、充滿悲劇性、卻又多所被世人遺忘的歷史。融合回憶錄、遊記、社會與政治歷史,本書以華裔美國人的角度,為試圖了解多重身分識別的當代中國社會,提出新見解。


In 1938, with the Japanese army approaching from Nanking, Huan Hsu’s great-great grandfather, Liu, and his five granddaughters, were forced to flee their hometown on the banks of the Yangtze River. But before they left a hole was dug as deep as a man, and as wide as a bedroom, in which was stowed the family heirlooms.

The longer I looked at that red chrysanthemum plate, the more I wanted to touch it, feel its weight, and run my fingers over its edge, which, like its country’s – and my family’s – history, was anything but smooth.

1938. The Japanese army were fast approaching Xingang, the Yangtze River hometown of Huan Hsu’s great-great-grandfather, Liu. Along with his five granddaughters, Liu prepares to flee. Before they leave, they dig a hole and fill it to the brim with family heirlooms. Amongst their antique furniture, jade and scrolls, was Liu’s vast collection of prized antique porcelain.

A decades-long flight across war-torn China splintered the family over thousands of miles. Grandfather Liu’s treasure remained buried along with a time that no one wished to speak of. And no one returned to find it – until now.

Huan Hsu, a journalist raised in America and armed only with curiosity, returned to China many years later. Wanting to learn more about not only his lost ancestral heirlooms but also porcelain itself, Hsu set out to separate the layers of fact and fiction that have obscured both China and his heritage and finally completed his family’s long march back home.

Melding memoir and travelogue with social and political history, The Porcelain Thief is an intimate and unforgettable way to understand the bloody, tragic and largely forgotten events that defined Chinese history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.







詳細資料

誠品26碼 /2681231790007
ISBN 13 /9780007479412
ISBN 10 /0007479417
EAN /9780007479412

頁數400
尺寸19.7X13X3.2CM
裝訂平裝
級別
語言英文
成份




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