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Bill Porter follows the Yellow River, the world's sixth
longest river, from its mouth to its source high in the Tibetan Plateau,
a journey of more than three thousand miles through nine Chinese
provinces. The trip takes the master translator into what was once the
cradle of Chinese civilization and to the hometowns and graves of key
historical figures such as Confucius, Mencius, Lao-tzu, and Chuang-tzu.
Porter's depth of knowledge of Chinese history and culture is
unparalleled. Yellow River Odyssey, already a bestseller in
China, reveals a complex, fascinating, contradictory country. Porter
masterfully digs beneath China's present-day materialism and the deep
wounds of the Cultural Revolution to get at the roots of Chinese
culture. And he does so with an ever-present wit and a keen eye for the
telling detail. The book also includes more than fifty black-and-white
photographs taken by Porter during his travels.

Bill Porter
is an award-winning author and translator also known by his pen name,
Red Pine. He is considered one of the foremost translators of Chinese
texts, especially Buddhist and Taoist poetry and sutras. His translation
work includes major Buddhist texts such as The Platform Sutra,
The Diamond Sutra, and The Heart Sutra as well as the
best-selling poetry collections Taoteching and Collected Songs
of Cold Mountain
. He is also the author of Zen Baggage and
Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. Porter lives in
Port Townsend, Washington.

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