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Cold Nights

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Nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, Pa Chin (b.1904) has long been one of the leading figures of twentieth-century Chinese literature. He is best known for the influential trilogy "Family, Spring, and Autumn. Cold Nights," twice adapted into films (Cantonese in 1955 and Mandarin in 1984), grapples with the emotional entanglement of Chinese intellectuals wi ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published January 21st 2003 by Chinese University Press (first published 1947)
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Rey Lee
Jul 07, 2014 Rey Lee rated it really liked it
This book is thoroughly depressing from the first page to the last. It's also extremely sentimental, with someone crying seemingly every other page and with increasing frequency as the story progresses. I recommend it for its depiction of daily life in unoccupied World War 2-era China and its indictment of ineffective or corrupt elites--unfortunately some things never change--which the author implies contributed to the subsequent civil war. Be warned that it won't make you a happier person.
So freaky and sad.
May 12, 2016 Kyc rated it really liked it
Cold Nights could possibly be the best piece of fiction Ba Jin ever wrote, along with the Torrents trilogy (The Family, Spring, Autumn). Not much happens here, but the novel is a quite sophisticated psychological study of a pen-pusher who (view spoiler) The novel's not perfect - it is a little sentimental and repetitive - but it does a very respectable job ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Bouran rated it really liked it
life . human . love . losts . and war
Feb 11, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
A real downer. It's supposed to be--that's at the core of its importance as a historical artifact of the inter-war period in China (1945-1949). So it's important, but not very fun to read. Blessedly not truly melodramatic; there is some ambiguity to the characters and hence the story.
Daniel Burton-Rose
The influence of Russian literature is quite evident: dying of tuberculosis during wartime while your wife cheats on you!
Jun 12, 2012 Strum rated it really liked it
Sad and depressed; but realistic.
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Ba Jin (巴金) took this pen name from Russian anarchists Bakunin and Kropotkin.

Known also as "Pa Chin"
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