George IV Bridge – celebrating 50 years

Burns in Chinese: acquired in 1982

A selection of Robert Burns's poems translated into Chinese was published in Beijing (Peking) in 1959. The translator, Wang Zuoliang, presented a copy of the book to the National Library of Scotland in July 1982.

We do not normally collect books in the oriental languages. However, we make an exception for translations of works by Scottish authors.

One of our databases lists over 20,000 foreign translations into all languages of literary works by a wide range of Scottish writers. The Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation (BOSLIT) shows how Burns has been a very popular author in both China and Japan.

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