Letters Back to Ancient China

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Dedalus, 1997 - Fiction - 274 pages
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Letters Back to Ancient China combines comedy, fantasy and satire in a moving personal odyssey.

Mrs Kei-kung is a thoroughly modern women and she introduces Kao-tai, a 10th century Chinese mandarin marooned in modern day Munich by his time machine, to the joys of modern sex and champagne. However everything else he encounters is not to his taste.

In his letters back to his friend in the 10th century Middle Kingdom, he expresses his horror at the noise, stench and filth of 20th century civilization. For him the invention and conveniences of modern technology are trifles compared with the pollution and lack of order in a society where women (who have mountainous breasts) presume to talk and think like men. Yet he eventually does find some comfort in the mote shang-dong, (champagne) of which he drinks great quantities and in the arms of Mrs Kei-kung.

Letters Back to Ancient China is one of the most successful German novels of the last decade with well over a million copies sold.

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Kao-Tai's letters of his time travelling from 10th century China to his stay in Munich of 1986 is vastly amusing, but requires a bit of knowledge of the basic pronunciations and syllable build-up of ... Read full review


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Herbert Rosendorfer has combined a career as a District Court Judge in Munich with the writing of fiction, travel books, and radio and tv plays.

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