The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century

The Big Red Book of Modern Chinese Literature: Writings from the Mainland in the Long Twentieth Century

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Award-winning literary scholar and poet Yunte Huang here gathers together an intimate and authoritative selection of significant works, in outstanding translations, from nearly fifty Chinese writers, that together express a search for the soul of modern China.

From the 1912 overthrow of a millennia-long monarchy to the Cultural Revolution, to China’s rise as a global military and economic superpower, the Chinese literary imagination has encompassed an astonishing array of moods and styles — from sublime lyricism to witty surrealism, poignant documentary to the ironic, the transgressive, and the defiant.

Huang provides the requisite context for these revelatory works of fiction, poetry, essays, letters, and speeches in helpful headnotes, chronologies, and brief introductions to the Republican, Revolutionary, and Post-Mao Eras.

The diversity of genres, voices, and ideas reflects not only the contradictions that have shaped modern Chinese history and imagination but also the danger and power of its literature. - Rachel DeWoskin