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The Monkey and The Tiger (Judge Dee #11)

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Title:The Monkey and The Tiger (Judge Dee #11)
van Gulik, Robert Hans   
(18 of 32 for author by title)
The Monkey and The Tiger (Judge Dee #11)
The Lacquer Screen (Judge Dee #9)
van Gulik, Robert Hans   
(18 of 32 for author by title)
The Monkey and The Tiger (Judge Dee #11)
The Lacquer Screen (Judge Dee #9)
Published:   1965
Publisher:Charles Scribner's Sons
Tags:detective, fiction, mystery, China, Judge Dee (Fictional character)

Book pairs two unrelated short "gong'an" detective novels written by Robert van Gulik and set in Imperial China (roughly speaking the Tang Dynasty). Both stories are fictions based on the real character of Judge Dee (Ti Jen-chieh or Di Renjie), a magistrate and statesman of the Tang court, who lived roughly 630–700.

The first story is called "The Morning of the Monkey" and is set in the fictional city of Han-yuan in the year 666. One morning a gibbon drops an emerald ring right at the entrance to Judge Dee's house. This leads to the discovery of a strangely mutilated body out in the nearby forest.

The second story, called "The Night of the Tiger", takes place a decade later when Judge Dee is returning to the capital at Chang'an when bandits force Judge Dee to take cover in an isolated country house. There he must fight off the vicious cut-throats as well as solve a murder.--Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]

Comments:two unrelated novels: "The Morning of the Monkey" and "The Night of the Tiger"
Pages:118 Info

Author Bio for van Gulik, Robert Hans

Robert Hans van Gulik (1910-1967) was a Dutch writer, linguist, diplomat, calligrapher, and gujin player. His father was a medical officer and travelled in the Dutch colonies (Indonesia) which allowed his son Robert to study Chinese and other languages. Robert received his PhD in Chinese studies from Utrecht university and joined the Dutch foreign service, serving principally in Japan and China. While in Tokyo in a secondhand bookstore, van Gulik came across a copy of the Dee Goong An (English title: Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee) by an anonymous 18th century Chinese author. “Goong an” or “gong an” refers to “magistrate cases,” that is crime fiction where the detective is a magistrate/judge. And the Judge Dee in question is Di Renjie (630-700 AD), a celebrated official of the later Tang era and chancellor to Wu Zetian, a rare female ruler of China. He translated the book into English and published it in 1949. The character, culture, and genre inspired him to continue Judge Dee’s adventures eventually writing nearly 20 books which are featured here on Faded Page.

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