Origins

Chronology

Impressions

    • Ding Wenling. “Strong and Delicate as Stone, Tender as Grain: The Desert Rose in Her Friends’ Eyes.”

      For her friends and families, it is not easy to describe Sanmao. Interestingly, she seems to assume quite different, even contrasting, appearances in their memories. Just like a desert rose. In the gusty and sandy desert wind from whence she was born and came, she was like a handful of soft grains; yet once out of the desert she became an enduring stone flower, peculiar and proud.

      Chen Siquing (Sanmao’s father). “My Second Child—Miss ‘San.’”

      The most peculiar thing about Sanmao was her attitude toward money. She had seen harder days, and yet barely had a sense of number; neither would she work for money’s sake. In those difficult years, she just lived by plain rice mixed with soybean sauce; when she had some money, she spent it all on books and traveling. But could you say she was senseless? She was surely not. In every pocket of her clothes there would be some cash she’d forgotten, and when she found it she’d head straight for the bookstores.

      Miao Jinlan (Sanmao’s mother). “I Have Something to Say.”

      She was not that senseless about number as her father said, for she was very exact when it came to honorariums. Yet she was tender-hearted: she might first be mad about how she only got two hundred NT dollars for one thousand words and rejected such offer; but then she would remember that the magazine was run by some idealistic young men who did not have much capital, so she changed her mind and showed her support. When other publishers were more courteous and gave her larger sums of honorariums, she just tucked them away without much care.

      Sanmao’s families. “‘Sanmao’ Did Not Exist.”

      Everyone knows the famous Sanmao; yet the way we saw it, those credits did not seem to matter to her. She had always been Chen Ping, a soul that was honest to herself and always retained some childish innocence.

      Gui Wenya. “Gambler in a Strange Country.”

      She said, in the desert there was almost no physiological need, but you still had a rich spiritual life…. She was attentive and serious when she said this, but her laughs, her hand gestures, even the movements she made when flicking her cigarettes, were so adorable and frank; all her experiences in life seemed to have brought her back to innocence.

      Liao Weitang. “She Made Us Imagine the World’s End.

      It was her that made me envision the feel of freedom so vividly, made me realize what the world’s end meant for a writer…. Whenever I think of her, I still can’t regard her as simply a popular writer; instead, she showed us some measure of limited freedom with her own frail power; she showed to the mundane world that it was possible to live and die so fiercely.

      Zhang Tuowu. “Benefactor, Dear Friend, and Buddy.”

      Sanmao was ever so sensitive and tender. She always did what she could to help and support, to give what she had, to her friends, any friend. Even to the point of being dictatorial that she did not allow others to give back in return. How so unbelievable.

      Ji Zheng. “Keeping Sanmao, Imagining Sanmao.”

      If you have ever read Sanmao, you’d know she was a good storyteller…when you talked with her, you noticed how innocent, and yet how mysterious she sometimes was, almost as she was a fictional character, and you couldn’t see clearly. Frankly, I only wish I could really keep her, and imagine her in my fantasy.

      Ding Songqing. “The River of No Return.”

      Sanmao was ever so sensitive to everything: people, nature, and things around her. Very few people have the same passion as she possessed—she was just like a candle burning brightly, and burnt out fast, before she could spread that light and warmth to too many people. At the end of Le Petit Prince, her favorite book, the Little Prince finds a way to return to his world…. Sanmao was that Little Prince (or Princess if you like). Maybe she was too fine to belong to this world. Now she has returned home, and I miss her. But I know: someday we will meet again.

      Ya Hsien. “The Legend of the Lily—Remembering Sanmao.”

      I believe that the best way to commemorate Sanmao is to discard her legends and everything outside of her literature, and to read her writings from an objective and cool-headed point of view; to study her unique style and aesthetic quality; to examine her intensive artistic quality and inner energy—that is the most important way to understand and interpret Sanmao.

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Inspirations

    • Chen Ping: Before her San Mao nom de plume

      Before achieving fame pseudonymously as San Mao, Chen Ping wrote works of less refined technique on subjects that centered heavily on personal pains interspersed by flights of fancy. Despite the rawness of her early writings, they reflected sincerity and heterogeneous aesthetics as well as an affinity that already hints at the up-and-coming literary legend.

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    • Yearning for a Past Existence

      San Mao’s vivid and heart-rending Stories of the Sahara pique reader curiosity while prompting compassion and sympathy. Wrapped in sorrow and separated from beauty and romance, her tale conceals substantive inner truths. Hers is a crude realism that is capable of making flowers bloom from the arid desert.

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    • More than a joining of two distinct cultures, San Mao’s relationship and marriage with Jose Ruiz was spiced with surprise, excitement and idiosyncrasy. Experiencing a path to love and romance significantly more tortured than the norm, San Mao used her corkscrew path to love and romance as fodder for an article she entitled, “Exotic Romance and Exceptional Fortune.” Readers today continue to be touched deeply by the indelible message of this piece.

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    • Enveloped in Art

      Solemn purpose was never part of this author’s literary style. San Mao’s intimate familiarity with her own creative works made writing an intellectual game. Her words were impassioned and charming as well as fresh and absorbing. Her works engage readers with prose that rolls off the tongue.

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Treasures Most Dear

  • Her motley collection of trinkets and knick-knacks was San Mao's treasured time capsule. Memories of encounters in faraway lands infused each piece and provided a permanent record of her every precious, albeit fleeting, relationship. This collection helped keep alive for San Mao her life's highs and lows as well as her own unfolding saga. They were also talismans that helped fuel her ideas, actions, character and expression. Each piece was an integral part of the author's life and experiences. NMTL is pleased to present in this exhibit ten items from San Mao's collection of treasures accompanied by descriptions and stories.

  • Sanmao creative genre mainly in prose,fiction mainly,but also in translation,script writing;in terms of subject selection or artistic expression,there are a unique aesthetic and technique.Her rich experience of wandering,depicting colorful exotic scenery;with a keen feeling,to feelings of financial writing,showing the love of life,the spirit of nature,simple and unique romantic charm which touched the hearts of readers.

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    • Running on the Sunlight Boulevard

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.8); October 2010AD,pages:295.

      Spreading Happiness Around

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.7); October 2010AD,pages:253.

      The Dream Land in My Heart

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.6); December 2010AD,pages:303. 

      Final Destination of Wandering

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.5);October 2010AD,pages:287.

      Let’s Go Study Happily

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.4);November 2010AD,pages:239.

      The Olive Tree in My Dream

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.3); December 2010AD,pages:295.

      The Smile of the Scarecrow

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.2); January 2011AD,pages:363.

      Those Days in the Sahara

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Sanmao Classics vol.1);January 2011AD,pages:367.

      Sanmao’s Memorial Book of Youth, in 19 volumes

      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company. August 2004AD.

      Selected Works of Sanmao, in 2 volumes

      Beijing: Contemporary World Press. October 2002AD,pages:844.

      Selected Works of Sanmao( Edited by Li Hui. )

      Hohhot: Inner Mongolia People’s Publishing House (Classic Literary Works and Writers Series)2002AD,pages:491;
      Haikou: Nanhai Publishing House. October 2006AD.

      Sanmao

      Changchun: Jilin Photograph Publishing House (Classic Literary Works and Writers Series).2002AD,pages:468.

      Selected Essays from Eight Taiwanese Writers: Li A

      Shantou: Shantou University Press. May 2001AD,pages:394.

      My Soul Rides on Paper: Letters and Private Photog

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.3060) January 2001AD,pages:191;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.19). June 2003AD,pages:158.

      Selected Works of Sanmao

      Changchun: Time Literature and Art Press. March 2000AD,pages:544.

      Collected Works of Sanmao(Edited by Wang Hui. )

      Changchun: Jilin Photograph Publishing House (Classic Literary Works and Writers). January 2000AD,pages:504.

      Selected Works of Sanmao(Edited by Zhang Jun. )

      Kuitun: Ili People’s Publishing House (Twentieth Century Classic Literary Texts for High School Mandarin Chinese Courses Series).2000AD,pages:334;
      Changchun: Time Literature and Art Press (Twenty-First Century Literature for Young People). Edited by Yu Tao.2000AD,pages:284.

      Collected Works of Sanmao

      Kunming: Yunnan People’s Publishing House; June 1996AD,pages:504;
      Taiyuan: Beiyue Literature and Art Publishing House (Modern Chinese Writers Classic Series) September 2001AD,pages:598.

      The Bygone is Like Mist

      Changchun: Jilin Photograph House (Twentieth Century Chinese Essay Classics)1999AD,pages:140.

      Love and Trust: Sanmao’s Life Stories(Selected and

      Lanzhou: Dunhuang Literature and Art Press. December 1998AD,pages:392.

      Walking out of Loneliness: Sequel to Selected Work

      Chengdu: Chengdu Publishing House (Classic Literary Works and Writers). February 1996AD,pages:539.

      Crows Singing at the Setting of the Moon: Selected

      Chengdu: Chengdu Publishing House (Classic Literary Works and Writers).May 1995AD,pages:526.

      Sanmao’s Book of Life and Death

      Yinchuan: Ningxia People’s Publishing House (Collected Works of Sanmao)1994AD,pages:139.

      Lilies on the Plateau: Sequel to I Have Walked Tho

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.2206); June 1993AD,pages:175;
      Yinchuan: Ningxia People’s Publishing House (Collected Works of Sanmao); March 1994AD,pages:123;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.18); October 1996AD,pages:101;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.18). August 2003AD,pages:194.

      Sanmao’s Words of Love( Edited by Gui Lin. )

      Guilin: Lijiang Publishing Company (Taiwanese Women Writers Love-Words Series). March 2003AD,pages:211.

      My Joyful Paradise

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.2127); January 1993AD,pages:207;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.17); October 1996AD,pages:161;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.17).August 2003AD,pages:202.

      Sanmao’s Aphorisms(Edited by Hu Jie et al.)

      Taiyuan: Hope Publishing House. August 1992AD,pages:207.

      Dear Sanmao

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.1887);May 1991AD,pages:159;
      Yinchuan: Ningxia People’s Publishing House (Collected Works of Sanmao);June 1994AD,pages:138;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.16); October 1996AD,pages:100;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.16),June 2003AD,pages:185.

      The Rainy Season No Longer Returns; Selected Essays of Sanmao(Edited by Bao Ruifeng at al.)

      Beijing: China International Radio Press (Hong Kong and Taiwan Literature Series)1991AD,pages:317.

      Days Spent Studying

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.1507);July 1988AD,pages:342;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company;April 1989AD,pages:211;
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company;September 1989AD,pages:196;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao);July 1993,pages:207;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.14); October 1996AD,pages:252;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.14), August 1996AD,pages:252.

      Mist and Sorrows in the Summer

      Fuzhou: Haixia Art and Literature Publishing House. September 1987AD,pages:179.

      My Darling

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.1393); July 1987AD,pages:276;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao);July,1993AD,pages:221;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.13); October 1996AD,pages:270;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.13).April 2003AD,pages:321.

      Observing Baths in the Desert(Edited by He Weici.

      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press. February 1987AD,pages:466.

      Jose, I Love You: Selected Works of Sanmao from Ta

      Beijing: China Women Publishing House. December 1986AD,pages:276.

      Casual Thoughts

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.1106); March 1985AD,pages:125;
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company; June 1989AD,pages:99;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company;January 1993AD,pages:70;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao); July 1993AD,pages:159;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.12); October 1996AD,pages:161;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.12). August 2003AD,pages:164.

      Intimate Conversations: Sanmao’s Mailbox

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.1105); March 1985AD,pages:223;
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company; April 1989AD,pages:114;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company;January 1993AD,pages:106;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao); July 1993AD,pages:111;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.11); October 1996AD,pages:131;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.11).August 2003AD,pages:203.

      Enchanting the Entire City

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.1104); March 1985AD,pages:301;
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company; 1987AD,pages:169;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao);July 1993AD,pages:184;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.10)October 1996AD,pages:228;
      Hohhot: Inner Mongolia People’s Publishing House (Contemporary Chinese Essay Classics);March 2003AD,pages:464;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.10).August 2003AD,pages:204.

      Story of the Clear Fountain

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.990). March 1984AD,pages:177.

      Giving You a Horse

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.900);July 1983AD,pages:252;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company;January 1993AD,pages:174;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao);July 1993AD,pages:152;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.9);
      October 1996AD,pages:187.

      Collected Works of Sanmao

      Fujian: Fujian People’s Publishing House (Taiwanese Literature Series). May 1983AD,pages:312.

      I Have Walked Thousands of Miles: Travel Journals

      Taipei: Linking Books (United Daily Series); May 1982AD,pages:232;
      Guilin: Lijiang Publishing Company; October 1986AD,pages:182;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao); July 1993AD,pages:177;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.8);
      October 1996AD,pages:216;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.8). August 2003AD,pages:215.

      Flowers Falling Unnoticed in Dreams

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.783)August 1981AD,pages:288;
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company August 1984AD,pages:193;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company January 1993AD,pages:188;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao) July 1993AD,pages:179;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.7)October 1996AD,pages:228.;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.7). August 2003AD,pages:275.

      Silhouette from Behind

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.782)August 1981AD,pages:285;
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company; November 1987AD,pages:195;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao)July 1993AD,pages:179;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.6)October 1996AD,pages:220;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.6). August 2003AD,pages:219

      The Tender Night

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.597)February 1979AD,pages:274;
      Hong Kong: Nghingkee Bookstore 1982AD,pages:274;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company January 1993AD,pages:183; Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao) July 1993AD,pages:177;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.5) October 1996AD,pages:220;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.5)August 2003AD,pages:233;
      Beijing: October Arts and Literature Publishing House (Collected Works of Sanmao).May 2007AD,pages:294

      The Crying Camel

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.518)August 1977AD,pages:254;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company; January 1993AD,pages:168;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao)July 1993AD,pages:167;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.4) October 1996AD,pages:208;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.4)June 2003AD,pages:222.

      The Scarecrow’s Journal

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.510)June 1977AD,pages:269;
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company; December 1985AD,pages:182;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House (Collected Essays of Sanmao)July 1993AD,pages:151;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.3) October 1996AD,pages:189;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.3). August 2003AD,pages:220.

      The Rainy Season No Longer Returns

      Prose Taipei: Crown Publishing Company, July 1976AD,pages:250 (Crown Books series no.463);
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company; October 1985AD,pages:203;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company; January 1993AD,pages:185;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House; July 1993AD,pages:165;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press; October 1996AD,pages:189;
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company. August 2003AD,pages:189.

      The Stories of the Sahara

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company, May 1976 AD,pages:250 (Crown Books series no.454);
      Beijing: China Friendship Publishing Company; September 1984 AD,pages:164;
      Xi’an: Shaanxi Travel Publishing Company; January 1933AD,pages:173;
      Changsha: Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House, July 1933AD,pages:166 (Collected Essays of Sanmao);
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press, October 1996AD,pages:207 (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.1);
      Harbin: Harbin Publishing Company, August 2003AD,pages:216 (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.1);
      Beijing: October Arts and Literature Publishing House , May 2007AD,pages:310(New Classics, Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.2).

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    • Gun gun hongchen: dianying yuanzhu juben (Red Dus

      Taipei: Crown Publishing Company (Crown Books series no.1834) December 1990AD,pages:205;
      Beijing: The Writers Publishing House; March 1991AD,pages:267;
      Yinchuan: Ningxia People’s Publishing House (Collected Works of Sanmao); March 1994AD,pages:158;
      Guangzhou: Guangdong Travel and Tourism Press (Collected Works of Sanmao, vol.15); October 1996AD;

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Travels Near and Far

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    In her life, few things were more important to Sanmao than travel. In the two decades following the 1960s, when many were still unfamiliar with the idea of "travel."Sanmao had created her own cartographic stories, leaving footprints in Spain, Germany, Europe, the United StatesAfrican Sahara, Central and South America, China, etc. She had once said, “In my wandering travels, I never sought the idea of the romantic"; instead, she was seeking, in the déjà vu-like nostalgia, the ever-changing, ceaseless beauty of life.

    • For the Lilies on the Plateau

      Sanmao had wanted to visit Central and South America for a long time and was only deterred from lack of financial support. In 1981, under the sponsorship of Wang Tiwu from United Daily News, Sanmao finally departed on a six-month long trip in Central and South America, traveling with photographer Mi Xia.

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    • Leaving for Not Loving

      Sanmao’s decision to go abroad was initially only a half-serious act in response to her boyfriend’s inaction. Out of mild exasperation, she ran through the necessary procedures, never expecting its realization in full sincerity. Yet that was how her destiny was sealed: she did go to Spain, Germany, and the United States…. Love drove her away, but had also changed the rest of her life.

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    • Callings from Afar

      Out of penchant for wandering, in response to callings from afar, she left and went into the desert in search of the nostalgia from a previous life, determined to be the world’s first woman explorer to have crossed the Sahara Desert.

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    • On Familiar Grounds

      Sanmao had trice visited China: in 1989, she went back to Xiaosha Town to pay homage to her ancestors; in April 1990, she visited the west of China; in the summer of 1990, she headed toward the south of Yangzhi River and also went to the southwest part of China, but was inhibited from going to the Silk Road out of health concern.

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