Tag Archives: 1980s

Flog Nine: Can You Say It In ESPERANTO?

Title: El Cina Poezio (‘Of Chinese Poetry’ ?)
Author: Prof. Saint Jules Zee (徐声越)
Year: 1980
Publisher: 中国报道社 (Zhongguo baodaoshe)
Location: Beijing, PRC

Description: Hardbound in dust jacket.

Pagination: [4] I [II] III-XIV [1-2] 3-93 [94-96] 97-135 [136-138]

Contents: Classical and modern Chinese poems translated into Esperanto.

Poems translated by Professor Saint Jules Zee (see his Wiki page–in Esperanto!–here).

The volume contains poems by classical authors such as Du Fu and Li Bai, and modern poets such as Guo Moruo (see the translation of 光海 Guanghai above), Xu Zhimo, and Wen Yiduo.

An interesting collection published in the early days of China’s ‘opening up’, reflecting China’s engagement in the Esperanto movement. Included is a post-able questionnaire (also in Esperanto) beginning ‘Kara leganto’ (‘Dear reader’). Question one: ‘Kio estas via generala impreso pri tiu ei libro?’

Illustrations: Occasional line-drawing illustrations.

Condition: Good condition. Dust jacket worn and lightly torn around edges.

Price: £15.00 / $24 (+s&h)

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Flog Three: The Gay AGENDA

Title: Grass Roots: A Campaign Manual for Gay People
Author: Bruce Galloway
: 1982
Publisher: Campaign for Homosexual Equality

Description: Softcover staple-bound booklet with light green covers.

Pagination: 1 [2] 3-72

Contents: Strident handbook for campaign organisers; a ‘how-to’ guide for your own local gay revolution.

‘Look around your town. Does it cater for gay people? Do homosexuals live openly as what they are, without fear of discrimination: losing their job, getting beaten up or insulted, harrassed by the police? Are gay children getting sex education that acknowledges their own sexual needs? Do gays have trouble getting somewhere to live? Are they condescended to by doctors and ministers, ignored in the Tourist Information brochures, fed lies about themselves by the books in the public library?…It is on these issues that gay women and men must campaign –as well as on that of legal equality’.

The book is in three sections: Campaigning methods (e.g. ‘The Letter’, ‘The Meeting’, ‘Direct Action’), Eleven Campaigns (public education, employment, libraries, schools, doctors, police, housing, public services, prisons, the church, the nation), & Basic Fact Sheets.

On libraries, the manual suggests four objectives: 1) Persuade the library to stock/order gay books for loan 2) Get gay periodicals into the reference section 3) Get information about local gay groups displayed on its public noticeboards 4) Check that library books on homosexuality do not contain homophobic material, or are classified homophobically.

The campaign guide provides the following tip:

‘A limited campaign with clear objectives: requires persistence, literary interest, persuasiveness and–for best results–a “spy” in the local library. Cultivate the Libraries Committee!’

You have been warned.

In addition to specific objectives for gay equality campaigns, Grass Roots praises the values of organisation and persistence:

Illustrations: Black & white cartoon drawings.

Condition: Covers worn and smudged. Staples rusting. Ink smudge on p. 60 upper corner. Original purchase receipt from Blackwell’s Bookshop included.

Price: £5 / $8 (+ s&h)

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