19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei by Eliot Weinberger, Octavio Paz

By Eliot Weinberger, Octavio Paz

Nineteen various translations of a unmarried poem with reviews on each one model by means of Eliot Weinberger and creation contributed via Octavio Paz.

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C. avec I'unification de la Chine, sous Ie regne de la dynastie Ch'in. L'authenticite du texte est admise meme par les auteurs, pourtant si critiques, du catalogue annexe aux Quatre Tresors des Lettres, Szu-k'u ch'1lan-shu, Shang wu yin-shukuan 1933, p. 2035. La tradition quiattribue l'oeuvre a Sun Wu, sujet du roi Ho Lii, est toutefois loin d'etre unanimementreconnue. Yeh Shih (6) situe la creation de l'oeuvre ala fin de la periode Ch'un-ch'iu ou au debut de l'epoque Chan-kuo. La fixation de la date exacte du livre exige nne analyse particuliere.

5b), are also recorded in the Chu-shu (see Chin-pen, I, p. 16a and p. 7b, respectively), but the corresponding passages differ so widely that the La-shih does not seem to have been the source in these cases. There may be no doubt, however, in the case which we have analysed above, that the present-day text of the Chu-shu is based on the La-shih, that is to say, it is a late forgery, the compiler of which freely changed the factual material found in the sources and added fabrications of his own.

This is even more obvious in those cases when the novel becomes the literature of the intellectual. In the 18th century a novel genre was created that influences even contemporary literature. Wu Ching-tzu wrote his Ju-lin wai-shih, "The Scholars," in which with the help of a large number of individual scenes, portraits, and sketches he tried to present a general characterization of an entire social group, the most important class in Chinese society, that is the scholars. His method was then copied extensively by writers at the turn of the 20th century.

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