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NYT on C. C. Tsai’s Comics / Bruya’s Translations available from PUP

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The New York Times recently published an interview with C. C. Tsai, who has written and illustrated wonderful cartoon versions of the Art of War and the Analects (among others). Brian Bruya’s translated versions of both of these texts are now available from Princeton University Press.

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  1. C. C. Tsai’s comics illustrating “The Analects” had once been published in English as “Confucius Speaks” (1996, Doubleday). Brian Bruya was the translator in that case as well. The book went out of print in the US but a bilingual version without the English introduction by Roger Ames remained in print in China (2005, Xiandai Chubanshe). Now it’s being reissued, evidently with more cartoons, by Princeton UP with a new introduction by Bruya. Is there a backstory to the checkered history of this comic collection?

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