A Mortal Flower. Han Suyin.
A Mortal Flower
A Mortal Flower
A Mortal Flower
A Mortal Flower
A Mortal Flower

A Mortal Flower

London, England: Jonathan Cape, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. "'A Mortal Flower,' Han Suyin's second volume on the China that evolved during the last fifty years, continues the story of an epoch as seen and experienced by herself and her family. The period covered by 'A Mortal Flower' is the decade from 1928 to 1938, when Chiang Kaishek (sic) rose to power and Mao Tsetung in his mountain fastness gathered the spent remnants of an almost destroyed communist army and rebuilt it as a force. The Japanese invasion, the Long March, the Student Revolt of 1936 -- all these happened in China while Hitler and Mussolini hypnotized Europe with their preparations for war. Throughout this momentous sequence of events, Han Suyin was growing up and becoming conscious -- because of her double heritage -- of what went on in both East and West, at a time when each was too preoccupied to notice the other. While Europe mourned Czechoslovakia's rape by the Germans, millions were slaughtered in China, dying unheard and uncared for. Suyin describes at first hand the ambiguous position of Eurasians, isolated between rulers and downtrodden natives; her meetings with Nehru and Teilhard de Chardin, when neither was yet famous; the student demonstrations and movements, and the choice she finally made because 'justice demands the evidence of all our life.'" (from Front Flap). So reads a sizeable excerpt of the flap copy for Han Suyin's (1916-2012) "A Mortal Flower," yet another installment in her trademark series of 'autobiographical biographies,' works in which she situates her own life-&-times in the context of larger historical currents & geopolitical shifts. Hardcover in clipped dust-jacket; the First UK Edition, First Printing, with no reference to further printings. From the collection of George V. Buehler (1933-2020), who was a prominent real estate developer & collector in Massachusetts & Arizona. Book in very fine condition, so clean as to be bordering on "as new" condition. Dust-jacket also in very fine condition with only slightest shelf-wear to fine-edges--without question the cleanest copy of this title we've come across. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4903]

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