By Jaroslav Průšek (auth.)
The stories contained during this quantity arose during the last thirty years. initially the diversity of the fabrics I meant to incorporate in my choice was once greatly wider. Publishing problems, despite the fact that, have obliged me to curtail them to anything lower than part the deliberate content material. before everything I meant to incorporate the entire reports I intended can be of curiosity to readers and characterize contributi ons nonetheless of a few importance for examine during this area of Oriental scholarship. while the need arose to restrict the contents I gave choice to the viewpoint of thematic completeness instead of to what will be of curiosity to the final reader. hence during this quantity i've got restricted myself to 2 them atic fields only-Old chinese language literature and reports facing mediaeval storytellers' productions-hua-pen. i've got excluded the full advanced of old reports and all experiences in terms of the hot literature. i'm now getting ready, at the valuable ancient subject on which i used to be engaged already within the interval of my reports in Prague below Prof. J. Bidlo, after which in 1928 until eventually 1930, with Prof. B. Karlgren in Sweden and Prof. G. Haloun in Halle, in Germany, a extra compendious examine during which i am hoping to sum up the result of my study, and that i additionally intend to put up a quantity of chosen reviews facing the recent chinese language literature at a few later date.
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I confess that I still cannot grasp how such a falsification could be produced without the original text turning up somewhere. I think it would be necessary to return to this problem and follow up the whole history of the transmission of the text and its successive modifications on the basis of quotations occurring in various writings, and also try to find the oldest copies ofthis text. Such a proceeding, however, is not possible on the basis of the limited bibliographical material which we have at our disposal in Prague.
However, let us at least attempt to answer the question whether we can make any use at all of the present-day text for historiographical purposes. I am obliged to make this attempt, because I took up a certain position in this matter in my above-mentioned review where I said (p. 206); 'En tout cas, il ne faut pas rejeter meme Ie texte actuel du Chu-shu-chi-nien comme simple faux, sans aucune valeur, comme Ie fait B. K a rig r e n dans ses Legends and Cults in Ancient China'. I again referred to this text on pp.
Dans 1'oeuvre en question, edition Szu-pu ts'ung-k'an, on ne releve que deux allusions qui semblent mettre Ie texte en rapport avec Ie royaume de Wu. Nous lisons au chap. 6, p. 25 a: 'L'armee de Yiieh depasse la notre en nombre' et au ch. ll, p. 27a, une comparaison fait etat de l'hostilite dans laquelle vivaient les peuples de Wu et Yiieh. II est naturel qu'un auteur d'une epoque plus tardive, voulant placer son oeuvre sous l'egide d'un celebre guerrier de 1'antiquite, ait respecte les details biographiques se rapportant a son modele.