By Wen Zhu
In 5 richly innovative novellas and a quick tale, Zhu Wen depicts the violence, chaos, and darkish comedy of China within the post-Mao period. A frank mirrored image of the seamier facet of his nation's more and more capitalist society, Zhu Wen's fiction bargains an audaciously plainspoken account of the customarily hedonistic individualism that's feverishly taking root.
Set opposed to the mundane landscapes of up to date China-a worn Yangtze River vessel, reasonable diners, a failing manufacturing facility, a for-profit sanatorium working via dated socialist norms-Zhu Wen's tales zoom in at the frequently tragicomic trivialities of daily life during this fast-changing state. With topics starting from provincial mafiosi to nightmarish households and oppressed manufacturing unit staff, his claustrophobic narratives depict a spiritually bankrupt society, periodically rocked by means of spasms of out of control violence.
For instance, I Love Dollars, a narrative approximately informal intercourse in a provincial urban whose caustic portrayal of numb disillusionment and cynicism, triggered an instantaneous sensation within the chinese language literary institution whilst it was once first released. The novella's free, colloquial voice and sharp concentrate on the indignity and iniquity of a society trapped among communism and capitalism show off Zhu Wen's unheard of skill to make literary feel of the unusual, ideologically pressured amalgam that's modern China.
Julia Lovell's fluent translation deftly reproduces Zhu Wen's wry humorousness and strong command of aspect and surroundings. the 1st book-length e-book of Zhu Wen's fiction in English, i admire cash and different tales of China bargains readers entry to a trailblazing writer and marks a massive contribution to chinese language literature in English.
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