Book Condition: Fine in Fine dust jacket
Edition: 1st UK Edition; First Printing
Publisher: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2000.
A first Impression of the first English edition in unread Fine condition in equally Fine dust-wrapper. Translated from the original Chinese publication, issued in Taiwan as Jiu guo in 1992 by Howard Goldblatt.
The Nobel Prize winner's novel is filled with puns, a variety of stylistic prose, allusions - classical and modern, political and literary, elegant and scatological - and many Shandong localisms. Most of what is guzzled here is actuall 120-proof and stronger than liquor made of sorghum or other grains. From the translator's note; [vi], 355,  pages.