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Snow in Midsummer (Paperback) (Guan Hanqing)
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You chose yourself, and your own happiness, over another's. Is that not your deepest truth? You could have devoted yourself to the well-being of the person whose very existence is a consequence of your choices.Executed for a murder she did not commit, young widow Dou Yi vows that if she is innocent, snow will fall in midsummer and a catastrophic drought will strike.
Three years later, a businesswoman visits the parched, locust-plagued town to take over an ailing factory. When her young daughter is tormented by an angry ghost, the new factory owner must expose the injustices Dou Yi suffered before the curse destroys every living thing.
A contemporary re-imagining by acclaimed playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig of one of the most famous classical Chinese dramas, which breathes new life into this ancient story, haunted by centuries of retelling.
The world premiere of Snow in Midsummer on 23 February 2017 at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, kickstarted the RSC's Chinese Translations Project, a cultural exchange bringing Chinese classics to a modern western audience.