Peach Blossom Fan, The
By Gu Sifan; Translated By T.L. Yang, Dec. 1998 (Hong Kong University Press) ISBN: 962-209-477-5 335 p.
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This is the abridged English translation of Gu's 1948 novel adapted from a 1699 play by Kong Shangren. Set in the last days of the Ming Dynasty, state officials concern themselves with intrigue and corruption while Manchu invaders close in on the capital. A courtesan, the Perfumed Lady, tries to set things right but is crushed when her lover, Hou Fangyu, chooses to go back on his earlier professions of patriotism. Broken hearted, the Perfumed Lady becomes a nun. The play is based on factual events.