(Pdf New) [Manchu Decadence] BY Edmund Trelawny Backhouse

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Read Manchu Decadence Read & download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Edmund Trelawny Backhouse à 0 Summary Se and his controversial memoirs Décadence Mandchoue were published for the first time by Earnshaw Books in 2011 This edition renamed Manchu Decadence is abridged and unexpurgated meaning that it focuses on the most extraordinary and valuable. Decadence Mandchoue like its author Edmund Trelawny Backhouse is sui generis Backhouse was an extraordinary linguist scholar and pedant as well as a true uirk a hoaxer and forger and a brilliant eroticist Derek Sandhous has done painstaking work annotating the Latin French and other references in the work It is incidentally the inspiration for the novel I m currently writing

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Read Manchu Decadence Read & download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Edmund Trelawny Backhouse à 0 Summary Elements of Backhouse’s narrative Backhouse was a talented sinologist and his book provides a uniue and shocking glimpse into the hidden world of China’s imperial palace with its rampant corruption grand conspiracies and uninhibited sexuali. Memory and imagination the first counts as nothing without the secondSir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse reminiscences of Beijing as the Manchu dynasty collapsed entering the 20th centuryThe work was essentially commissioned by the Swiss physician Rehinhard Hoeppli who met Backhouse in Beijing in the early 1940s the book was written in 1943 Backhouse died in Beijing in 1944 Hoeppli sums it up D cadence Mandchoue even as a work of imagination would keep the merit of giving extraordinarily well the general atmosphere of Tz u His s the Dowager Empress Cixi court especially as far as the erotic side is concerned In a certain sense the author s achievement would be still extraordinary if all the colorful vivid and in their way fascinating stories had been created by the author s imagination especially if one remembers his age and the absence of any literary or other helpNot an easy read Backhouse wrote in arch Victorian style peppering his narrative incessantly with phrases in Chinese all of which are translated French Latin Spanish Italian Greek German and Russian and making freuent reference to literary works that aren t likely familiar to modern readers fortunately and unfortunately these are all translated and explained in hundreds and hundreds of footnotes Makes for a slow read indeedWhat was too scandalous to be published until now is now tedious than scandalousThis book just published in 2011 was made infamous by the so called historian Trevor Roper in a 1976 mean spirited and narrow minded editor Derek Sandhaus attack Hermit of Peking that was parroted by Seagrave in 1992 in a silly sorry screed about the Dowager Empress CiXi Dragon Lady Both lack the credibility of Backhouse he was there in Beijing at the very time and he spoke and wrote the court languages Chinese Manchu and MongolianBackhouse donated some 8 tons of Chinese manuscripts to Oxford s Bodleian Library between 1913 and 1923 which also houses the manuscript of this memoir Sorting out fact and fancy awaits scholars and historians This careful publication is a start

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Read Manchu Decadence Read & download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Edmund Trelawny Backhouse à 0 Summary In 1898 a young Englishman walked into a homosexual brothel in Peking and began a journey that he claims took him all the way to the bedchamber of imperial China’s last great ruler the Empress Dowager Tz’u Hsi The man was Sir Edmund Backhou. My review as published in China Economic Review May 2011For nearly 70 years the original manuscript of the memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse British baronet polyglot and libertine sat unpublished first in the hands of Reinhard Hoeppli the Swiss physician who commissioned them and then with British historian and Backhouse biographer Hugh Trevor Roper who eventually left them to the Bodleian Library at OxfordThe memoirs were long considered unprintable a pornographic novelette said Trevor Roper who didn t stop there No verve in the writing can redeem their pathological obscenity they are the last explosion of repressed and distorted sexuality As long as they remained locked within the Bodleian few could challenge Trevor Roper s opinion Now thanks to the work of Earnshaw Books Editor Derek Sandhaus we have D cadence Mandchoue the second and thus far the only published part of Backhouse s memoirs covering his time in late ing dynasty PekingAs Trevor Roper charged the work may well be pornographic in parts The first chapter begins with Backhouse walking into a male brothel in Peking and proceeding to detail both the establishment s offerings and the specifics of his dalliance with his beloved catamite Cassia FlowerThis is not a book for the prudish or even for those who prefer tasteful restraint in their erotica one scene involves consort with a randy he goat Nevertheless those who can get past the nature of the content can take pleasure in the unabashed joy and occasional poetry in Backhouse s descriptions the verve to which Trevor Roper grudgingly admitted For example Backhouse on a favored eunuch His eyes were luminous lust and passion radiated from them like twin candles shedding their beams in a naughty world If it were simply the recollections of an aging homosexual debauch e however D cadence Mandchoue would be of limited interest Fortunately the heart of the book is given over to Backhouse s extended relationship with the Empress Dowager Cixi Tz u HsiHis depictions of the aging regent and tales of intrigue in the imperial court form the narrative structure for these memoirs They also make up most of the latter part of the book once Backhouse has expended his linguistic strength in relating his various physical congressesThe relationship with Cixi is also the heart of much of the controversy surrounding this work While few have raised objections to the notion of a Westerner engaged in pederasty for hire at pleasure gardens around the imperial capital there is understandably doubt about his claims that he engaged in what he terms commerce sexuel with the Old Buddha 150 200 times between 1904 and 1908 He also presents himself as a confidant of among others Cixi and her chief eunuch and writes of the favors reuested of him as his influence within the court grewBackhouse claims in his foreword that his writings contain nothing but the truth the whole truth and the absolute truth This is doubtfulHoeppli who knew Backhouse personally writes that the man s memory was imperfect Whether old age had weakened it or had allowed his eually extraordinary imagination occasionally to get the better of it is impossible to decide It is certain in any case that in some instances which could be checked his memory was at fault Hoeppli however declares the work fundamentally based on facts With few if any sources that would be able to verify some of Backhouse s fantastic claims it may be difficult to ever come to any concrete conclusion no proof has ever been found for instance of the existence of the diaries of Li Lien ying the chief eunuch which Backhouse says would corroborate his descriptions of his meetings with CixiBut whether or not it is an accurate recounting of specific historical events including the death of Cixi in 1908 D cadence Mandchoue is at its fundament the work of a man with uncommon knowledge of and respect for the inner workings of the ing courtThis alone makes it difficult to justify Trevor Roper s outright dismissal of the text Setting aside uestions of morality and accuracy there has never been a book about China like this and there will never be another


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    Read & download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Edmund Trelawny Backhouse à 0 Summary (Pdf New) [Manchu Decadence] BY Edmund Trelawny Backhouse My review as published in China Economic Review May 2011For nearly 70 years the original manuscript of the memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse British baronet polyglot and libertine sat unpublished – first in the hands of Reinhard Hoeppl

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    Edmund Trelawny Backhouse à 0 Summary Read & download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Edmund Trelawny Backhouse (Pdf New) [Manchu Decadence] BY Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Decadence Mandchoue like its author Edmund Trelawny Backhouse is sui generis Backhouse was an extraordinary linguist scholar and ped

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    (Pdf New) [Manchu Decadence] BY Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Memory and imagination; the first counts as nothing without the secondSir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse' reminiscences of Beiji

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    Read & download ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook à Edmund Trelawny Backhouse (Pdf New) [Manchu Decadence] BY Edmund Trelawny Backhouse Edmund Trelawny Backhouse à 0 Summary Certainly over the top These are the astonishing tales as told by Edmund Backhouse self proclaimed lover of Empress Dowager CiXi Reading the abridged edition in all its graphic lewdnesses I muddled through the endless repetitive bedroom adventures of this openly homosexual Brit in itself hardly believable Fluent in Mandarin and Man

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  • 20 August 2020
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