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Salzman, Mark. IRON & SILK: A YOUNG AMERICAN ENCOUNTERS SWORDSMEN, BUREAUCRATS, AND OTHER CITIZENS OF CONTEMPORARY CHINA. New York City, NY: Random House, 1986. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 211 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's breakthrough debut book. One of the most brilliant literary debuts of the last quarter of the 20th century. Published in a relatively small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. The book is now rare. A beautifully written account of the author's stay in China from 1982 to 1984, where he taught English and learned the martial arts. Mark Salzman has not surpassed the book's limpid beauty of language and gripping narrative. His now-considerable body of work has two underlying themes: The meaning of self-education, which in Salzman's case, involves the give-and-take between a great teacher and a brilliant protege, and the persistence of hope despite the possibility that not all of one's dreams may ever be fulfilled. Lavishly praised by literary critics and the British scholar Jonathan Spence, the greatest living Western historian on China, the book subsequently became the basis of a fine film, with the author playing himself and displaying his exuberant, gravity-defying martial arts skills, impressive enough for a leading role in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". "The most unusual and most touching account of the new Sino-American interactions that I have seen" (Jonathan Spence). A stunning debut, it remains Mark Salzman's finest book so far. The basis of the very fine film adaptation with Mark Salzman as himself. A "must-have" title for Mark Salzman collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Mark Salzman. It comes with a brand-new copy of the film version on DVD, which is also prominently and beautifully signed in metallic-silver marker in front by Salzman. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time. This is the only such signed set of the true First Edition and DVD available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, pristine beauties. Unlike many copies, the spine is not cocked and the DJ is not price-clipped or in shabby condition. A rare signed set thus. Finalist of the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for "Iron & Silk". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK SALZMAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394551567. $200.00

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