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By Li Yu

Ce classique de l'érotisme est aussi l'un des plus célèbres romans chinois. Ecrit au XVIIe siècle par un conteur de génie, esprit libre et persifleur, il raconte les apprentissages érotiques d'un lettré libertin qui, professant un individualisme jouisseur, multiplie les aventures et les intrigues amoureuses. Insatiable, il accumule les conquêtes et des prouesses érotiques d une virtuosité infrequent. Il subira pour elles une opération chirurgicale.

En dépit de sa réputation scandaleuse, ce livre est un véritable roman d aventures, une oeuvre classique et ambitieuse, pleine d'humour et d'ironie. Il résume dans son ton souriant et désabusé comme dans sa lucidité incisive son flair à comprendre tous les forms d'humanité, une expérience de l. a. vie.

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Before long, Ma Zhong, who had actually caught Guan Yu, came hustling his prisoner before him. “I had long admired you for your great virtue,” said Sun Quan to Guan Yu, “so I offered you an alliance through marriage. Why did you refuse? You always regarded yourself 61 invincible—how come you are my prisoner today? ” Guan Yu answered, cursing indignantly at his enemy: “You blue-eyed brat! You red-bearded rat! I pledged in the Peach Garden with my sworn brothers to uphold the Hans. Do you think I will ever associate with a rebel like you?

On his return to Lukou the messenger told his new commander that Guan Yu was very much pleased and would cease to worry about threats from them. Lu Xun, delighted with the result, at once sent out spies to gather more information on Guan Yu’s moves, and they returned to say that most of the troops in Jingzhou had been removed to assist in the siege of Fancheng, which was to be seriously assaulted as soon as Guan Yu recovered from his wound. This news was promptly sent on to Sun Quan, who at once called in Lu Meng to decide upon the next move.

The first order issued by Lu Meng was to spare the people. Instant death was to be the punishment for any murder or robbery. The various officials in the city were allowed to retain their offices and continue their work. Guan Yu’s family was put in safe accommodation without any danger of being assaulted by outsiders. A report was sent immediately to Sun Quan. One very wet day Lu Meng, with a few horsemen as escort, was going round the four gates of the city when he saw a soldier taking a local resident’s broad-brimmed hat and putting it over his armor to keep it dry.

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