Decadence Mandchoue: The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, ed. Derek Sandhaus. Paul French. Uploaded by. Paul French. DÉCADENCE. Décadence Mandchoue has 34 ratings and 4 reviews. Linda said: Decadence Mandchoue, like its author, Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, is sui generis. Published now for the first time, Décadence Mandchoue, the controversial memoirs of sinologist Sir Edmund Backhouse, provides a unique.
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Aug 03, Linda rated it really liked it. Decadence Mandchoue, like its decxdence, Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, is sui generis.
Backhouse was an extraordinary linguist, scholar, and pedant as well as a true quirk, a hoaxer and forger – and a brilliant eroticist. Derek Sandhous has done painstaking work annotating the Latin, French and other references in the work.
It is, incidentally, the inspiration for the novel I’m currently writing. Dec 28, Andrew Galbraith rated it it was amazing Shelves: My review as published in China Economic ReviewMay For nearly 70 years, the original manuscript of the memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, British baronet, polyglot and libertine, sat unpublished — first in the hands of Reinhard Hoeppli, the Swiss physician who commissioned them, and then with British historian and Backhouse biographer Hugh Trevor-Roper, who eventually left them to the Bodleian Library at Oxford.
As Trevor-Roper charged, the work may well be pornographic in parts. For example, Backhouse on a favored eunuch: His depictions of the aging regent and tales of intrigue in the imperial court form the narrative structure for these memoirs.
They also make up most of the latter recadence of the book once Backhouse has expended his linguistic strength in relating his various physical congresses.
The relationship with Cixi is also the heart of much of the controversy surrounding this work. He also presents himself as a confidant of, among others, Cixi and her chief eunuch, and writes of the favors requested of him as his influence within the court grew.
Décadence Mandchoue: The China Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse
It is certain in any case that in some instances which could be checked, his memory was at fault. Setting aside questions of morality and accuracy, there has never been a book about China like this, and there will never be another.
Jan 30, Michael Flick rated it it was ok. The work was essentially commissioned by the Swiss physician Rehinhard Hoeppli who met Backhouse in Beijing in the early s the book was written in ; Backhouse died in Beijing in Hoeppli sums it up: In a certain sense, the author’s mandxhoue would be still more extraordinary if all the colorful vivid and in their way fascinating stories had been created by the author’s imagination, especially if one remembers his age and the absence of any literary or other help.
Backhouse wrote in arch Victorian style, peppering his narrative incessantly with phrases in Chinese all of which are translatedFrench, Latin, Spanish, Italian, Greek, German, and Russian, and making frequent reference to literary works that aren’t likely familiar to modern readers–fortunately and unfortunately, these are all translated and explained in hundreds and hundreds of footnotes.
Makes for a slow read, indeed. What was too scandalous to be published until now is now more tedious than scandalous. This book, just published inwas made infamous by the so-called historian Trevor-Roper in a “mean-spirited and narrow-minded” [editor Derek Sandhaus] attack [“Hermit of Peking”] that was parroted by Seagrave in in a silly, sorry screed about the Dowager Empress CiXi [“Dragon Lady”]. Both lack the credibility of Backhouse: Backhouse donated some 8 tons of Chinese manuscripts to Oxford’s Bodleian Library between andwhich also houses the manuscript of this memoir.
Sorting out fact and fancy awaits scholars and historians. This careful publication is a start. Zungyue rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Aelred rated it it was ok Mar 31, Hans-Joachim Stark rated it really liked it Jun 26, Charles Regester-cowan rated it liked it Nov 24, Suffragette decadencr it did not like it Oct 02, Malte Blas rated it really liked it Jan 16, Tom Carter rated it it was amazing Nov 14, Isabel rated it liked it Jul 22, Thijs rated it liked it Aug 28, Terry Crossman rated it really liked it Dec 02, Jennifer rated it did not like it Jun 22, Andrew rated it decadencr was amazing Jun 09, Percy Yue rated it it was ok Sep 01, Tom Carter rated it it was amazing Dec 06, Ron rated it really liked it Apr 28, Tracy rated it liked it Nov 29, Greg Dodd rated it liked it May 12, Allison rated it really liked it Mandcuoue 02, Hupixupi decacence it really liked it Sep 14, Aug 11, Emmapeel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Queste memorie, scritte poco prima della morte, furono rifiutate da tutti gli editori mandchue, e si capisce: Grande conoscitore di trame e retroscena politici o millantatore falsario e narcisista?
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About Edmund Trelawny Backhouse.
Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet 20 October — 8 January was a British oriental scholar and linguist whose work exerted a powerful influence on the Western view of the last decades of the Qing Dynasty Since his death, however, it has been established that some of his sources were forged, though it is not clear how many or by whom.
His biographer, Hugh Trevor-Roper Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, 2nd Baronet 20 October — 8 January was a British oriental scholar and linguist whose work exerted a powerful influence on the Western view of the last decades of the Qing Dynasty His biographer, Hugh Trevor-Roper, described him as “a confidence man with few equals. Books mandchoye Edmund Trelawny Backhouse. No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.