Mo Yan: DA FENG. (The Gale). Beijing, 2015. 16 folded leaves (32 pp.) of b/w woodblock-printed text plus 3 folded leaves with 5 original red woodblock prints of papercuts. 33x20 cm. Stitched, cloth case.
A beautiful literati rendering of the previously-unpublished short story 'The Gale' written in 1984 by Mo Yan, the mainland Chinese author awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 2012.
The text of the work is printed by woodblock using traditional Chinese techniques in the distinctive 'Song-style' - echoing the format and font of Song dynasty printed works - regarded as a high point by connoisseurs of Chinese woodblock printing. The font is most unusual, being that used for the Southern Song work 'Cao Chuang Yun Yu', of which only one example is known. This font is elegant, well-proportioned and easy to read.
The text is accompanied by five pleasing woodblock illustrations in red after papercuts produced especially for this work by an accomplished Chinese papercutter, Deng Hui, from the hometown of Mo Yan.
The work has been bound in the traditional stitched Chinese style with blue covers and in a blue case (tao).
A very pleasing contemporary example of the art of the Chinese printed book and a rare opportunity to acquire a first edition by a Nobel Prize winner. Published in a limited edition of 274 copies.
All text in Chinese. Accompanied by an English translation. Images available on request.
Subjects: Illustrated Books Fiction
Available, as of: 26/04/2018
Was item 156 in printed List 189.
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