Item description for Letters Back to Ancient China by Herbert Rosendorfer & Mike Mitchell...
A 10th-century Chinese mandarin travels to the 20th Century in his time machine, and writes letters home reporting on the strange land of 'Zha-ma-ni', in which he is surrounded by giants with big noses, and frightened by the iron carriages called 'mo-tao-ka'. We gradually realize that he is in present-day Munich, and the hapless voyager's encounters with modern life and love make delightful reading.
... the hapless voyager's encounters with modern life and love, make delightful reading. -- Andrew Crumey in Scotland on Sunday
...witty, lively and idiosyncratic. -- Meren Meinhardt in The Times Literary Supplement
Dedalus is to be thanked for introducing us to Herbert Rosendorfer. -- The Historical Novel Review
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2006
ISBN 1903517397 ISBN13 9781903517390
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More About Herbert Rosendorfer & Mike Mitchell
Herbert Rosendorfer was born in Germany in 1934. His first nHerbert Rosendorfer was born in Germany in 1934. His first novel Der Ruinenbaumeister (1969) was a critical and commerciovel Der Ruinenbaumeister (1969) was a critical and commercial success, and is regarded by many critics as one of the maal success, and is regarded by many critics as one of the masterpieces of German twentieth-century fiction. It was publisterpieces of German twentieth-century fiction. It was published in English by Dedalus in 1992 as The Architect of Ruinsshed in English by Dedalus in 1992 as The Architect of Ruins. This was followed by Stephanie in 1995, which was shortlis. This was followed by Stephanie in 1995, which was shortlisted for the Shlegel-Tieck Translation Prize. Letters Back toted for the Shlegel-Tieck Translation Prize. Letters Back to Ancient China is the most commercially successful of his no Ancient China is the most commercially successful of his novels. Mike Mitchell's translation was awarded the Schlegel-Tvels. Mike Mitchell's translation was awarded the Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize in 1997. ieck Translation Prize in 1997.
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Suprised Jun 19, 2008
The book arrived on time, in good shape. The plot worked better than I thought it might. Although originally written in German, it translated well in both terms of language and as a plot device. Although a bit forced (ancient Chinese technology managing time travel), the plot allows for a suprisingly effective outsider's evaluation of late 20th century Western life--with all of its warts. Written in such a manner as not to seem an affectation, the author successfully made me think of 'modern' life outside the box. The only detraction is, or course, the clumsy and unexplained manner in which the main character is magically tranported in a linear fashion back and forth through time.
culture shock Sep 2, 2006
A man from ancient China purposely travels through time (and accidentally travels through space) to modern-day Munich. Initally he assumes that the strange beasts we all know as cars have gained power over the human population. He is disgusted by the way the Germans, who he assumes are the distant relatives of the Chinese people of his society (since he is initially unaware of his change in location), look with their large, protruding noses and round eyes. He is astonished that they have forgotten how to speak the language of man. They just seem to make gruff noises. Lots of cultural and social differences are showcased in this book in a humorous manner. At one point his German friend explains to him why it's unacceptable in German society to have two girlfriends. This is a very interesting and funny read which I highly recommend.
An almost philosophical reflection on modern life. Nov 9, 1998
The story of a tenth-century Mandarin who travels through time to Germany in the 1980s, Rosendorfer's book is told as a series of letters to a friend back home. At heart, this book is an attempt to examine the fundamental questions of how our lives are affected by progress. For the most part, it succeeds. This book is quite humorous, and a highly enjoyable reading experience. Recommened.