East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

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Again on the joys of research…

1744332216-500x500I said it in the past and I’ll keep saying it – the best part of writing historical adventure is often doing research.

A few years back I taught a course on Taoist Culture for the Italian-Chinese association in Turin.
It was a short introductory course, based on my somewhat non-systematic study of Taoism and Zen – something I started as an “interest” in the mid-80s.

The course was well received – and with the money I got from it I decided to buy me something I had desired for a long time: the four volumes of Thomas Cleary‘s translations of the Taoist Classics, published by Shambhala Publications. Continue reading