Salzman captures post-cultural revolution China through his adventures as a young American English teacher in China and his shifu-tudi (master-student) relationship with China's foremost martial arts teacher.
About the Author
Mark Salzman (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. The son of a social worker and a music teacher, Salzman grew up in Connecticut and studied Chinese language and philosophy at Yale University. After college, he spent two years in China, learning martial arts from some of China's most renowned teachers, an experience he documented in his bestselling memoir "Iron & Silk". He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, director Jessica Yu, and their two daughters.
"Salzman demonstrates with skill and subtlety just how Chinese society works."--The Washington Post
"Gong fu, or 'skill that transcends mere surface beauty'...no other term is as apt for a book that describes China and its people with such deftness and delight."--Time