Harbin: N. P. Kobtsev; tip. "Zaria" 1934. Quarto (26.5 × 19.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 17 pp. Signed and inscribed by the author to Vladimir Petrovich in Almaty, Kazachstan in 1959. One page with author's ink correction. About very good; covers with light soil and a few nicks; old bookstore label inside rear wrapper. Item #3672
Rare Russian-language overview of recent developments in Chinese literature, which suggests that Chinese national literature still must develop and that, in spite of many attempts, Chinese modern literature still has few works comparable to European classics. The author argues that the greatest advances are being made in contemporary realist prose. Baranov (1886-1972) was a translator and Sinologist who taught Chinese language, ethnography, history and literature to employees of the Russian Far Eastern Railway and various universities in Manchuria. He authored over 150 works within his areas of specialization. In 1958 he immigrated to the Soviet Union, where he settled in Almaty, Kazachstan. KVK, OCLC only show the copies at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, National Library of Finland, and UC Berkeley.