Dutch Mandarin: The Life and Work of Robert Hans van Gulik (Paperback)

Dutch Mandarin: The Life and Work of Robert Hans van Gulik By C. D. Barkman, H. De Vries-Van Der Hoeven, Rosemary Robson (Translator) Cover Image
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Diplomat, Asian scholar, author, calligrapher, polyglot, polymath, passionate lover of life in all its forms, Robert van Gulik researched and wrote prolifically on a diverse range of Asian subjects, such as--but certainly not limited to--Chinese scroll mounting, sexual life in ancient China and the Chinese lute--an instrument that he also mastered as a musician. In addition to his more esoteric writings, van Gulik achieved world-wide popular fame as the author of a series of mystery novels based on the life of semi-fictional Judge Dee in ancient China.

Two former colleagues and close acquaintances of Dr van Gulik have combined their own experiences with recollections of family and other contemporaries, as well as detailed entries in the diaries of the man himself, to provide us with an entertaining and highly readable portrait of a remarkable life.

'This biography is as exciting and abundant as the life of its subject.' Christine Nguyen Thi, Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie, Vol. 15, 1997 (reviewing the French edition).

About the Author

C.D. Barkman was a sinologist and a retired diplomat. He knew Van Gulik well and, like him, was also ambassador in Korea and Japan. Mrs H. De Vries-Van der Hoeven, M.A., is also a sinologist, also served in the diplomatic service and married a Dutch diplomat. She and her husband were friends of Van Gulik and served under him in Tokyo.
Product Details
ISBN: 9789745242005
ISBN-10: 9745242004
Publisher: Orchid Press
Publication Date: March 30th, 2018
Pages: 362
Language: English