Shi Naian

Shi Naian is traditionally attributed as the author of the Chinese classical novel 'Water Margin,' one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. However, there is some debate among scholars about the exact authorship and historical details of his life.


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  1. 1. The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh

    "The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh" is a classic Chinese novel set during the Song dynasty, revolving around 108 outlaws who gather at Mount Liang to form a sizable army. The narrative explores themes of rebellion, loyalty, and justice, as these bandits challenge the corrupt and oppressive government. Despite their status as outlaws, they follow a strict code of honor and righteousness, often assisting the poor and the weak. The book is a blend of history, folklore, and mythology, offering a vivid portrayal of the political and social dynamics of the era.

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