Title: The Young Concubine
Description: First American edition. Stated First Printing. Black cloth boards with gilt on front and spine. Red top stain. Spine ends very slightly pushed; very faint musty smell. Dust jacket has small chip and some creases at head of spine; a couple short closed tears (bottom edge of rear panel and head of spine); not price clipped ($2.00). DJ in archival sleeve. 282 pp. 8.25 x 5.75 inches.
Set Cambodia and Paris, this is an exotic and deeply psychological novel is about a Khmer princess, educated in France, which portrays her struggles for spiritual and cultural identity through her own personification of both the East and the West. The novel was the jury winner of the 1939 All-Nations Prize Novel Competition and translated by Edward Weismiller for this edition.
Makhali-Phal (1898-1965), born Nelly-Pierrette Guesde at Phnom Penh, was a French-Khmer novelist and poet. She was reputedly given the name Makhali-Phal by King Sisowath and was brought to France in 1906 with the Cambodian Royal Court during their official visit to Exposition Universelle de Marseille. Her father had been a colonial administrator and her mother a young Cambodian attached to the Royal Palace.
Condition: Near Fine
Jacket Condition: Very Good
Publisher: Random House
Place: New York
Keywords: Indochina, French, France, Khmer, Cambodia, psychological, novel, fiction, cultural identity,
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