Reviews 351 Durrant, Stephen; Wai-yee Li; David Schaberg; trans. Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan: Commentary on the “Spring and Autumn Annals.” Classics of Chinese Thought. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2016. 3 vols, xcv, 2147 pp. Hardcover $ 240.00, ISBN 978-0-295-999159. It is hard to exaggerate the magnitude of the contribution that Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, and David Schaberg have made with their translation of the Zuo Tradition (Zuozhuan 左傳), not just to the study of early China—I would go so far as to say: to world literature. The Zuozhuan, being of foundational importance to Chinese history and political thought, deserves a place in any global literary canon. Yet, it does not enjoy the same broad reception as, for example similarly important texts of Mediterranean antiquity do. In addition to the importance of the text, a simple, but by no means trivial measure of magnitude of the translators’ achievement is the sheer volume of the text. At approximately 180,000 characters, the Zuozhuan is by far the most voluminous text from pre-imperial China. (The largest among other pre- imperial compilations, such as Guoyu, Hanfeizi,or Xunzi, measure less than half the amount of characters. Even the large compilation Lüshi chunqiu
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 5, 2018
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