Project Description

One of a number of book reviews written for Asian American Press, this book review of the 1979 novella Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang occasioned the release of the 2007 feature film version release by director Ang Lee.

Although banned for a long time from mainland China, Eileen Chang’s work remained popular in the Chinese-speaking world. By this month’s end, Chang’s short story, “Lust, Caution,” will have received a double shot of exposure to a global, English-speaking audience: Anchor Books published on September 4, 2007, Chang’s short story as an Anchor Paperback Original (96 pp; $9.00), translated into English for the first time by Julia Lovell; and on September 28, 2007, “Lust, Caution,” the major motion picture which the short story is the basis for, will be released. The film is directed by the award-winning Ang Lee, of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain renown.

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