In The Dark
by Bob Jackson
From Communist Revolution,
through the Great Cultural Revolution, to the death Mao and the end of
the Gang of Four, Rong-fang, a shy and thoughtful teacher, must learn to
balance his need for both integrity and survival.
journey he discovers that the love of two good women provide him the
light and warmth needed to face life as his beloved China undergoes
drastic and earth shattering changes.
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Mr. Bob Jackson is an
accomplished Chinese translator and writer, who has never been abroad
but who has a uniquely charming and graceful style with the language
that many native speakers of English would envy.
Mr. Jackson has
transmitted and published in America ten translations of traditional
Chinese medical classics. Rendering TCM classics is a very
demanding job because it involves knowledge of pre-modern Chinese with
which few Chinese are familiar, and knowledge of a peculiar medicine
that embraces not only medical lore, but also ancient oriental
literature and philosophy. Many people have tried to introduce
these classics into the West, but their efforts prove to be a failure.
Mr. Jackson’s works, however, have received warm welcome as the most
successful translations in the West.
Recently he has applied
himself to creation of romances with a view to the fact that, of the two
sexes, the more tender one has proven to be the braver, the stronger,
the more tenacious, the more resilient, and the more intelligent, a fact
deplorably neglected by human civilization. With this mindset, he
is presently writing two historical novels about several outstanding
Chinese women; both will be finished soon.