product description page

Fact in Fiction : 1920s China and Ba Jin's Family (Hardcover) (Kristin Stapleton)

shipping to 94043 only 2 left
get it from Tue, May 1 - Wed, May 2 with standard shipping.
free order pickup not available
not sold at Manhattan Herald Square

about this item

Historical novels can be windows into other cultures and eras, but it's not always clear what's fact and what's fiction. Thousands have read Ba Jin's influential novel Family, but few realize how much he shaped his depiction of 1920s China to suit his story and his politics. In Fact in Fiction, Kristin Stapleton puts Ba Jin's bestseller into full historical context, both to illustrate how it successfully portrays human experiences during the 1920s and to reveal its historical distortions.

Stapleton's attention to historical evidence and clear prose that directly addresses themes and characters from Family create a book that scholars, students, and general readers will enjoy. She focuses on Chengdu, China, Ba Jin's birthplace and the setting for Family, which was also a cultural and political center of western China. The city's richly preserved archives allow Stapleton to create an intimate portrait of a city that seemed far from the center of national politics of the day but clearly felt the forces of?and contributed to?the turbulent stream of Chinese history.

more to consider

  • New Era of the 1920s : Key Themes and Documents -  by James Olson (Hardcover)


  • Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes Blue Ridge Parkway (Paperback) (Randy Johnson)


  • Ladies' Haircult : Women's Hairstyles and Culture from 1920 to 1980, For All-Time Pin-Ups, Bohemians,


  • Lolita : Style Icon, the Myth of Youth Fashion: From Brigitte Bardot to Chloe Sevigny, from English


  • Extremophiles : Where It All Began (Hardcover) (Koki Horikoshi)



  • SheaMoisture® Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Shampoo - 13 fl oz


  • 2018 TF Publishing Desk Calendar

  • Employment Discrimination (Paperback) (Joel Wm. Friedman)


  • Thousands : Poems (Paperback) (Lightsey Darst)


  • Love Print Throw Pillow Collection - Surya

    $20.99 - $27.99

from the manufacturer

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.