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Diary of a Madman and Other Stories

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  997 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
This collection of short stories by Lu Xun, commonly considered one of the greatest writers in 20th-century China and often referred to as the father of modern Chinese literature, includes the celebrated short story, "A Madman's Diary". This short story is considered to be one of the first and most influential modern works written in vernacular Chinese. "A Madman's Diary" ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by University of Hawaii Press (first published 1918)
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it it was ok
I listened to the title story, rather than read the book (which might have made a difference). The madness of the protagonist was delineated very quickly and like ripples from a stone dropped into a pool, it rapidly and obsessively spread out with more and more detail. But the stone that sunk to the depths? The original causation factor? That was missing which left the book frustratingly without depth. Perhaps this is what madness looks like, it certainly isn't madness explained.
Jul 16, 2014 Whitaker rated it really liked it
This is a collection of 26 short stories by Lu Xun.

The most well-known is the story that gives the collection its name, "Diary of a Madman", where Lu Xun uses the madman's paranoiac fear of cannibalism as a metaphor for the way Chinese society ate up its people. Here, he works a hyperbolic vein generally similar to that used by Jonathan Swift in "A Modest Proposal". He returns to the metaphor of cannibalism from time to time, most notably and tragically in "Medicine", where the cure for tubercu
Feb 15, 2013 Hadrian rated it liked it
Very short story. Man studies Confucian classics, thinks people are going to eat him. There's a bit of a political metaphor.

救救孩子! (Save the children!)
Aug 03, 2014 Vale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tutti vogliono carne umana e tutti temono al tempo stesso di essere divorati dagli altri...

Il Club Norvegese del Libro inseriva questo testo tra le cento opere migliori di sempre. Tralasciando le ragioni per cui mi sono imbattuta in questa lista e nel fantomatico gruppo in questione, visto che nei miei incubi ricorrenti oltre al cadere da una rupe, c'è l 'uomo del Club degli Editori che mi fa firmare un contratto e io non riesco a fermare la mia mano, devo dire che non lo avrei mai inserito in u
Nov 03, 2012 Christina rated it it was amazing
The first work I've read of Lu Xun, who became my favorite contemporary Chinese author when I learnt to appreciate his irony and incisiveness.
Kristin ❋extols death with luminescent brilliance❋

2015 {YES I AM BEHIND...stuff it} PopSugar Challenge with my fellow crustaceans Karly, Jess, Heather, and Nenia

A book of short stories - Diary of a Madman and Other Stories - Xun, Lu

DNF at 21%

I've tried with this one, I really have, but it is just sooo boring and bizarre that I never have the desire to pick it up without reluctance. I'm sure it's a cultural or generational thing, but the proverbs go over my head or fall flat of being profound. All in all, I rather spend what little reading time
Aug 04, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
A short, rather scathing and often chilling commentary on the depersonalizing effects of mindless societal adherence.

This book is not preachy--its almost a stream of consciousness style. As the title suggests, it's recorded in a journal style.

Very elegantly plotted, with the ending known at the beginning--it's a testament to the quality of the writing that knowing the end results actually makes the plot progression more suspenseful and the resolution more chilling.
I didn't read this book, I just read one story and, honestly, I read that one story online (thank you MARXISTS.ORG!) but I like to record my reactions on GOODREADS so...

And, of course it was "A Madman's Diary" - considered the first modern piece of Chinese fiction. Go read it - it's right under that link above and is pretty short. Obviously intended as political allegory, it concerns the written record of a young man who, in the throes of madness, extrapolates the tyranny of old, rural values in
Apr 06, 2015 Rafa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene mucha más fuerza que el original de Gogol.
Jimi Gilroy
Aug 27, 2012 Jimi Gilroy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 中文
The Diary of a Madman is one of my favorite stories. Lu Xun was one of the first Chinese authors to write in bai hua (colloquial speech) and he is an expert writer and observer of dialogue.
Emily Brown
Nov 23, 2011 Emily Brown rated it it was amazing
excellent writing! his stories are amazing, and if you must know, not about the cultural revolution (that's for you jon).
Aug 27, 2009 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
I keep rereading it! A very short story. Amazing and EXTREMELY thought provoking!
Feb 27, 2013 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando alguien de la estatura –literariamente hablando, claro– del Premio Nobel Kenzaburo Óe dice que eres “el más grande escritor que Asia produjo en el siglo veinte”, supondrías que eres un autor del cual todos, aunque no te hayan leído, han oído hablar. Pero no es el caso de Zhou Shuren (mejor conocido en el bajo mundo de las letras por sus pseudónimos Lu Xun o Lu Hsün), una figura poco conocida en nuestro país pero extremadamente célebre en el Lejano Oriente –es el escritor con más estatuas ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Ready rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Sepuluh cerpen dalam Catatan Harian Seorang Gila (Penerjemah Nur Rachmi dan Rasti Suryandari, Yayasan Obor Indonesia, Jakarta, 1989) yang ditulis pengarang yang bernama asli Zhou Shuyen ini menunjukkan kemampuannya dalam meramu keindahan alam Cina dan kondisi masyarakat menjadi suatu kisah yang utuh dan kuat. Meski begitu, dalam membaca cerpen-cerpen ini, kesungguhan agaknya menjadi hal yang penting. Pembaca membutuhkan konsentrasi penuh untuk dapat memahami alur dan konflik yang diungkapkan, ka ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Realini rated it liked it
Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Hsun

It was an interesting if not all that satisfying experience. The book can be great; after all it is listed by writers and critics among the best 100 books ever written. I did not take to the book, after the initial stories reviewed here; I lost interest so much that I hardly knew what I was reading. These are notes on the first part and just an expression of regret that I did not get to read more of Lu Hsun, as it was written on the pages of the boo
Deniz Balcı
Mar 28, 2016 Deniz Balcı rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lu Hsun, Çin Edebiyatı'nın en önemli isimlerinden biri olarak gösteriliyor. Daha önce Çığlık isimli başka bir eseri Türkçe'ye kazandırılmış ancak okumadım. Aylak Adam Yayınları öykü derlemesi olan bu kitabı Türkçe'ye kazandırınca hemen okumak istedim.

Zor kültür Çin. Uzakdoğu içerisindeki en engin ve karmaşık kültür sedimenti, dili, tarihi, siyasal süreci, sanatı onlarda. Özellikle dil ile olan, yüzlerce yıl süren kavgaları; anlaşılmalarını sadece yabancılara değil kendilerine de zorlaştırıyor. M
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it liked it
The story begins with the narrator's visit to a pair of brothers who were close friends of his during his school years. The older brother informs him that the younger one suffered from a mental illness but got better and took a job in another city. During the time of his illness the brother kept a diary that the narrator is allowed to read. This is the "madman's diary" . The diary tells of the protagonist's growing obsession with the cannibalism which he believes is routinely practiced by those ...more
S Shah
Jul 18, 2015 S Shah rated it it was amazing
Lu's stories often focus on how conservative thinking and religious observation of tradition dulls the sense of judgement, crushing the weak, different, and out-of-sync.

There are two collections of stories in this volume. The first, Cheering from the Sidelines, composed of stories written between 1918 and 1922, contrasts sharply with the Wondering Where to Turn, written between 1924 and 1925. The first collection features an almost simplistic, direct style of writing belying layered narratives,
Viqry Haekal
Jan 11, 2016 Viqry Haekal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sebuah cerpen klasik yang menarik dan enak dibaca, jalinan kata-katanya mudah dipahami dan seolah mengalir membentuk imaginasi. Lu Xun sangat piawai dalam menggambarkan kehidupan masyarakat cina pada zamannya, cerita terasa hidup dan dapat membawa pembaca ke dalamnya. Dan hal yang paling saya suka dari buku ini adalah sebuah perasaan yang didapatkan setelah membacanya, perasaan hening, sedih memilukan namun menyimpan keindahan.
Jan 31, 2016 Sutresna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bacaan bagus menjelang imlek tahun ini. Hehe

Saat membaca cerpen2 awal di buku ini, saya masih butuh penyesuaian karena jarang baca karya sastra cina, dan dari sebelum pertengahan isi buku, cerpen2nya mulai mudah dapat penggambaran bagi nalar saya. Kebanyakan isinya mengandung protes sosial yang terjadi di masyarakat pada tahun itu, sebelum tahun 1930. Dan tentu bagi saya yang awam dengan pergolakan di cina kala itu, ini menjadi hal yang sulit saya terka, namun dengan kejelian penulis dan suasana
Esti Sulistyawan
Catatan orang gila adalah tentang cerita tentang seorang pengidap skizofrenia, kalau biasanya cerita dilihat dari sudaut pandang 'orang yang waras' kali ini kita disuguhi oleh cara pandang penderita penyakit tersebut dalam melihat dunia. Kita diseret untuk memahami bagaimana dia melihat sekelilingnya, ketakutan dan kemarahannya.
Jan 08, 2016 Ángel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"El libro de relatos Diario de un loco de Lu Hsun, no me pareció una lectura sencilla. No por su redacción o la complejidad de su trama, más bien por todo lo que guarda en ella y que conlleva muchas cosas difíciles que vivió su autor. Los relatos en sí no me parecen grandes obras de la literatura universal, de los tres cuentos que se publican el que más estimo es "La verdadera historia de Ah Q". Este cuento, narra las andanzas de un hombre humilde, solo, borrachín, analfabeto, desaseado, incompr ...more
Matthew Foster
Aug 26, 2014 Matthew Foster rated it it was amazing
Interesting story. I need to listen to it again. I know that it is about paranoia but at the same time it is about a lot more then I listened to.
"Diario de un loco" me ha gustado, al igual que otros relatos pero hay algunos como "Jabón" que no tiene sentido para mi o "La verdadera historia de A Q" que no me ha gustado, ese personaje es demasiado tradicional, con un pensamiento muy retrógado.
Entiendo que es una alegoría y una forma de queja velada al sistema feudal chino de la época, pero el cuento tiene demasiado "hype" para mi gusto. No es un mal cuento, pero no me parece tan grandioso como muchos proclaman.

La forma en que el "loco" ve la sociedad de su pueblo, y como va viendo que todos son caníbales, es muy interesante, sobre todo que desde su locura ve la realidad, pero ya. El final es tremendo.

3.5 estrellas, pero no más. Otro cuento que amerita otra lectura y reevaluación más
Reza Nufa
Buku ini tidak diterjemahkan dengan baik. Banyak kesalahan penulisan dan itu menyebalkan.
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Mixing Chinese daily life with ghosts and death seems like a winning formula, but something lacked energy in these tales. I wouldn't question Lu's value in the evolution of Chinese literature or his worth in portraying Chinese society, but nothing really brought this collection to greatness for me. The story "Home" was the exception, and several other times he flirts with something brilliant, but otherwise I was not moved or emotionally engaged. The later works struck me as far more mature than ...more
Aug 19, 2015 Gavinstudy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a great book. I really want to read this book.
Oh Ruby
May 05, 2014 Oh Ruby rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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Lu Xun (鲁迅) or Lu Hsün (Wade-Giles), was the pen name of Zhou Shuren (September 25, 1881 – October 19, 1936), a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, and poet. In the 1930s he became the titular head of the League of Left-Wing Writers in Shanghai.

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