New Book Offers a Glimpse Into the Heart and Soul of China

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Wang Haiping publishes a collection of original plays that captures Chinese history and culture.

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In recent decades the world has been a witness to China’s emergence in the global stage. One cannot fully appreciate this majestic country without looking into its fascinating past, author and award-winning screenwriter Wang Haiping invites others to do just that in his new book. “Goddess of the Luo River: Selected Plays by Wang Haiping” is a playbook that captures the richness and color of Chinese history, aesthetics, culture and philosophy.

In “Goddess of the Luo River”, Haiping brings together six scripts that fall under mixed modern Chinese opera, musical opera and historical stage drama; these works have been translated to English. Ouyang Yu is the translator for “Cai Yuanpei,” “Setting the Capital in Peking,” “Skybridge” and “The Goddess of the Luo River.” “Yellow Leaves, Red Mansion” is translated by Grace Liu and “Wu Duomei” is translated by Ian Clark.

Haiping’s writings explore a dazzling range of themes and subjects – from insightful social commentaries to tragedies to poignant tales of self-discovery – but at the heart of them all is the author’s fascination and deep love for China, particularly its capital of Beijing.

Beautifully crafted and insightful, “Goddess of the Luo River” is a must-have book for dramatists, theater enthusiasts, history buffs and anyone who wants to gain a deeper appreciation of China’s past.

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About the Author
Wang Haiping is involved in politics and in his spare time, he creates literature. He has written novels, prose, poetry and screenplays. His screenplay “Be a Mother” has won three awards (best original screenplay, best cinematography and most promising actor) at the 3rd China Image Film Festival held in London in 2011. Haiping’s novels, “There,” “Be a Mother” and “Papyrus Wall” as well as his screenplays for “Be a Mother” and “Flying Legend” have been translated to Japanese and published by Tokyo Hakuteisha. Some of his poems have been included in the poetry anthology “Accompanied by Love” which was published by the People’s Literature Publishing House in memory of the Wenchuan earthquake.

Goddess of the Luo River * by Wang Haiping
Selected Plays by Wang Haiping
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 180 pages; 9781493136926
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 180 pages; 9781493136919
e-book; AU$4.25; 9781493136933

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