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Strange tales from a Chinese studio / Songling Pu ; translated and edited by John Minford.


Speaker: The Hon Margaret Ng
Date: 19 April 2007 (Thursday)
Time: 7:15 - 9:00 pm
Venue: Special Collections, 1/F, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
Language: English


About the Book

book cover Strange tales from a Chinese studio / Songling Pu ; translated and edited by John Minford.

Eminent Chinese scholar John Minford’s superb translation captures the consummate skill and understated humor of Pu Songling’s classic Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. With elegant prose, witty wordplay, and subtle charm, the 104 stories in this collection reveal a world in which nothing is as it seems. In his tales of shape-shifting spirits, bizarre phenomena, haunted buildings, and enchanted objects, Pu Songling pushes the boundaries of human experience and enlightens as he entertains.
* Includes an introduction, suggestions for further reading, glossary, notes, and illustrations (


About the Speaker

The Hon Margaret Ng is a member of LegCo returned by the Legal Functional constituency. She was first elected in 1995, and was re-elected in 1998, 2000 and 2004. She is a barrister by profession but has been a writer and commentator for the Hong Kong press since 1979. She worked in Ming Pao Daily News in 1985 – 1990. In LegCo, she has served on numerous bills committees and chaired many of them. She is currently the Chairman of the Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services, and member of the Panel on Constitutional Affairs, Panel on Security, and Panel on Home Affairs. Her particular areas of interests are constitution, governance and law. She writes on food occasionally, and amuses herself with cooking in her spare time.