Iron and Silk (Vintage Departures) (Paperback)

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Iron & Silk  is the story of Salzman’s time in China teaching English at Hunan Medical College.  He was able to interact with the Chinese in ways your average traveler would not be able to achieve.  Salzman studied Chinese language and literature at Yale.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude in 1982. So he had a few more language skills than most American visitors in China.  He was also deeply interested in martial arts, having studied since he was a child.  He continues his education in martial arts in China.  The writing is beautiful, the story interesting, and the country worthy of interest.

— Deon Stonehouse


Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.

About the Author

Mark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, an account of his two years in China; Lost in Place, a memoir; and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake.

Praise For…

"Salzman demonstrates with skill and subtlety just how Chinese society works."--The Washington Post

"Gong fu, or 'skill that transcends mere surface beauty' other term is as apt for a book that describes China and its people with such deftness and delight."--Time
Product Details
ISBN: 9780394755113
ISBN-10: 0394755111
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: October 12th, 1987
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Vintage Departures