Lumír Jisl, Čínský deník

Title in English Lumír Jisl, The China Diary


Year of publication 2016
Type Editorship of scientific publication
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The book consists of two main parts – the critical edition of the travelogue and four expert studies. The main part of the book is represented by the private travel diary of the Czechoslovak archaeologist and Buddhologist Lumír Jisl. The text covers his stay in the People’s Republic of China from 6 September 1957 to 10 February 1958 and it openly and critically captures the atmosphere of Chinese everyday life. Jisl portrayed in a vivid way mainly diverse Buddhist and other temples, rock and cave sacral complexes, and other significant monuments of Chinese history. He supplemented his records with color and black and white photographs. The manuscript of the diary was preserved along with the negatives in the family archive and has not been published until now. Apart from the diary itself, the book contains accompaniment wealth of visual material, several recollections of Jisl’s contemporaries and four specialist studies devoted to the religious and Sinological context. A detailed index, cartographic attachment and extensive footnotes form an integral part of the book.

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