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The Field of Life and Death & Tales of Hulan River

The Field of Life and Death & Tales of Hulan River

Revised Edition
by Xiao Hong, Howard Goldblatt (Translator)
ISBN:
9780887273926
Description

Xiao Hong is considered by many to be China's first feminist novelist. Originally published in Chinese in 1936, The Field of Life and Death is an unflinching collection of vignettes set in the rural China in which Xiao Hong grew up. Though it was initially seen as an attack on Japanese imperialism, the primary concern of this novel is the objective portrayal of the lives of rural people brutalized by poverty and war. Also included in this collection is Tales of Hulan River (1940), Xiao Hong's famous wryly humorous and bleakly poignant account of another village and the always difficult, sometimes brief lives of its citizens. These reminiscences deftly convey the deep and pervasive misogyny of Chinese society at the time. This revised version of the notable translations by Howard Goldblatt features Lu Xun's original preface (in translation), a new translator's preface, and a revised introduction by Goldblatt.

Specs

Publisher: 
Cheng & Tsui
Publication Date: 
2006
Trim Size: 
5.5 x 8.5
Format: 
Paperback
Pages: 
384pp
Table of Contents

The Field of Life and Death & Tales of Hulan River

Translator's Preface

vii

Translator's Introduction

ix

The Field of Life and Death

1

Preface. Lu Xun

3

The Field of Life and Death

5

Tales of Hulan River

93

Preface. Mao Dun

95

Tales of Hulan River

101

Reviews

The effect is powerful...prosaic, effective clarity.

— Kirkus Reviews

Marvelously cinematic...explains each sight and sound as if it were an ideograph.

— The New Yorker

Extraordinary...In a few broad strokes, Xiao Hong makes us see how characters arrive at the end of their tether and are pushed beyond it.

— Asiaweek