In Stock

The Three Kingdoms, Volume 1: The Sacred Oath – The Epic Chinese Tale of Loyalty and War in a Dynamic New Translation (with Footnotes)


In Stock - same day pickup

SKU: 9780804843935 Categories: , Tags: ,


This exciting new translation with footnotes is more readable than past versions and will appeal to modern readers.

The Three Kingdoms is an epic Chinese novel written over six centuries ago. It recounts in vivid historical detail the turbulent years at the close of the Han Dynasty when China broke into three competing kingdoms and over half the population were either killed or driven from their homes. Part myth, part fact, readers will experience the loyalty and treachery, the brotherhood and rivalry of China’s legendary heroes and villains during the most tumultuous period in Chinese history.

Considered the most significant work in classic Chinese literature,The Three Kingdoms is read by millions throughout Asia today. Seen not just as a great work of art, many Chinese view it as a guide to success in life and business as well as a work that offers moral clarity—while many foreigners read it to gain insights into Chinese society and culture. From the saga ofThe Three Kingdoms, readers will learn how great warriors motivate their troops and enhance their influence while disguising their weaknesses and turning the strengths of others against them.

This first volume in a trilogy introduces Liu Bei and his sworn brothers-in-arms Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, whose allegiance is sorely tested in a society that is in flux where each group is fighting for its survival against the other.

“This translation faithfully conveys a native Chinese-speaking person’s understanding of this most influential and famous Chinese book. To translate this Chinese classic into modern English is a challenging and difficult job for any language translator. However, this joint effort by Yu Sumei and Ronald Iverson has met the challenge.” —Hua Xin, former advisor and translator for IBM China

“One of the greatest and best-loved works of popular literature.” —Dictionary of Oriental Literatures