Traveller Without a Map - Hsiao Ch'ienLondon, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Hutchinson, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Hsiao Ch’ien is one of China’s best-known writers — as a journalist, novelist and translator. Of Mongolian origin, he was born in a Peking slum in 1910, orphaned by the time he was ten, started work in a publishing house while still at school, and imprisoned for his political demonstrations when still only 15. After being expelled from school he became a teacher, and also helped the American writer Edgar Snow edit and translate his book Living China.
In the 1930s his career as a writer began, but with the outbreak of war he travelled first to Marseilles, then London and Cambridge, where his friends included E. M. Forster, Kingsley Martin and Arthur Waley. During 1944-5 he became a war correspondent, travelling with the US Seventh Army in France and Germany. From there he travelled to San Francisco to cover the founding of the U. N., then rushed to Berlin to report the Potsdam Conference. He later covered the Nuremburg War Trials before returning to Shanghai and, later, to Peking, where he has worked as academic, short-story writer and magazine editor, as well as translating works ranging from Shakespeare, Feilding and Ibsen to Stephen Leacock and The Good Soldier Schweik.
His memoirs are a remarkable testament to his times, humorous, wide-ranging, well-informed and highly observant.”