Peking Story

Ebook $14.00

NYRB Classics | Apr 27, 2011 | 208 Pages | ISBN 9781590174296

  • Paperback$15.95

    NYRB Classics | Jul 31, 2003 | 208 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590170403

  • Ebook$14.00

    NYRB Classics | Apr 27, 2011 | 208 Pages | ISBN 9781590174296


Kidd’s pieces have been a double illumination. Their intimate domestic lanterns shed light on the dark side of the moon and, exotic and informational interest aside, glow in their own skins, as art. They are simple, graceful, comic, mournful miniatures of an ominous catastrophe, the unprecedently swift death of a uniquely ancient civilization.
— John Updike

In the reader’s eye, Kidd’s story wavers between fact and fiction. It seems too good to be true, like the perfectly woven family sagas common to the great Chinese novels and Victorian fiction. But the climax, the unwritten final chapter of Peking Story, is firmly written in fact: the crumbling of an empire 4000 years old. To achieve this effect in less than 200 pages is astounding.
— Alberto Manguel

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