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The Story of the Stone

Cao Xueqin Mint Editions



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Graphic Arts Books
24 December 2020
Series: Mint Editions
For generations, the Jia family is held in high esteem but when they lose favor with the emperor, their luxury lifestyle comes to an end. The Story of the Stone focuses on internal and external conflicts that arise as they adjust to their unexpected plight.

Jia Baoyu is heir to a prestigious family, that's held multiple imperial titles throughout the years. Despite their history and social standing, they are targeted by the emperor who strips them of their land and personal fortune. As the family's wealth wanes, the young Jia struggles with his affection for his cousin Lin Daiyu, as he's already engaged to Xue Baochai. It's a compelling romance drama set against the family's economic decline.

Revered for centuries, The Story of the Stone is one of the Four Classic Novels in Chinese literature. It's a depiction of pre-modern times that is both bleak and illuminating. Cao Xueqin delivers a piercing commentary on the duplicity of the social and political structure.

With an eye-catching new cover, and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Story of the Stone is both modern and readable.
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Imprint:   Graphic Arts Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 127mm, 
ISBN:   9781513268927
ISBN 10:   1513268929
Series:   Mint Editions
Pages:   1042
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cao Xueqin (1715-1763) was born into a wealthy family that thrived during the Qing Dynasty. Following their patriarch's death, the family lost their fortune and moved to Beijing. It's there that Xueqin began creating his greatest work, The Story of the Stone, also known as Dream of the Red Chamber. Hand-copied versions were already circulating before its initial printing in 1791. It is a beloved novel and masterpiece within Chinese literature that gained massive acclaim after Xueqin's death.

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