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Fortress Besieged

(1947)
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Fortress Besieged is a classic of world literature, a masterpiece of parodic fiction that plays with Western literary traditions, philosophy and middle class Chinese society in the Republican era. The title is taken from an old French proverb, "Marriage is like a fortress besieged: those who are outside want to get in, and those who are inside want to get out". Set on the eve of the ferocious Sino-Japanese War, Fortress Besieged recounts the exuberant misadventures of the hapless hero Fang Hung-chien. This masterwork of world literature plays with Western traditions, picaresque humour, tragic-comedy, satire, Eastern philosophy and the mores of middle-class Chinese society to create its own unique feast of delights.

Genre: General Fiction

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March 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Fortress Besieged
Author(s): Qian Zhongshu
ISBN: 0-7139-9835-0 / 978-0-7139-9835-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Fortress Besieged (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Qian Zhongshu
ISBN: 0-14-118786-7 / 978-0-14-118786-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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February 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Fortress Besieged
Author(s): Qian Zhongshu, Jeanne Kelly, Nathan K Mao
ISBN: 0-8112-1552-0 / 978-0-8112-1552-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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January 2003 : Paperback
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Title: Fortress Besieged
Author(s): CH IEN CHUNG SHU
ISBN: 756003733X / 978-7560037332
Publisher: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press; 1 (J
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February 2004 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Fortress Besieged (New Directions Classic)
Author(s): Qian Zhongshu
Publisher: New Directions
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