By Zhongshu Qian,Christopher G. Rea,Christopher Rea
Zhongshu Qian was once one among twentieth-century China's so much inventive literary stylists, the writer of brief tales, essays, and a super comedic novel that has encouraged generations of chinese language readers. Writing among the early years of the second one Sino-Japanese battle (1937-1945) and the Communist takeover in 1949, Qian used to be a pioneering modernist and remarkable satirist whose perception into the irony and travesties of contemporary China is still stunningly fresh.
This eagerly awaited translation joins Qian's choice of iconoclastic essays on lifestyles, language, and literature, Written at the Margins of existence (1941), together with his masterful brief tale assortment, guy, Beast, Ghost (1946). Qian's essays elucidate sizeable matters via deceptively easy subjects-the value of home windows as opposed to doorways, for instance, or the blind spots of literary critics-and assert the primacy of severe and inventive independence. His funny tales blur the bounds among a number of incarnations of people, beasts, and ghosts who battle through lifestyles, demise, and resurrection. Christopher Rea situates those works inside China's wartime politics and Qian's literary imaginative and prescient, highlighting major adjustments among assorted variations that offer extraordinary perception into the author's inventive process.
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