The Real Story of Ah-Q and Other Tales of China : The Complete Fiction of Lu Xun Paperback
by Lu Xun
Lu Xun (Lu Hsun) is arguably the greatest writer of modern China, and is considered by many to be the founder of modern Chinese literature.
Lu Xun's stories both indict outdated Chinese traditions and embrace China's cultural richness and individuality.
This volume presents brand-new translations by Julia Lovell of all of Lu Xun's stories, including "The Real Story of Ah-Q', "Diary of a Madman", "A Comedy of Ducks", "The Divorce" and "A Public Example", among others.
The book includes an afterword by Yiyun Li.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/10/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780140455489
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Review by xuebi
The complete prose works of Lu Xun are rightly counted as among the pinnacles of Chinese modern literature. Collected here, they show the progression of Lu's writings from the start of ther Xinhai revolution to the 30s or so. Highlights include Diary of a Madman - a scathing attack on the blind obedience to traditions that the new intellectuals blamed for China's woes; the title story (The Real Story of Ah-Q), and New Year's Sacrifice. To gain a better understanding of twentieth-century China and its history is to read Lu Xun.