Selected Stories of Lu Hsun
"A summer night is short."
"At such times even every inch of yearn she spun seemed worthwhile and alive."
"Old Mrs. Ninepounder, who was in a towering temper, whacked the legs of her stool with a tattered plantain fan."
"You know how it was in the time of the Long Hairs: keep your hair and lose your head; keep your head and lose your hair..."
"When Mrs. Sevenpounder heard that it was written down in a book, she really gave u...more
Almost immediately I borrowed a selection of his stories in Bengali "LU HSUNer nirvachit galpo" edited and translated by Sandip Sengupta (Katha o Kahini) and read all the stories. The very first story in the book was 'dairy of a madman' and the seventh story was 'the true storey of Ah Q'.
Thereafter I bought every LU XUN (or LU HSUN as he was known then) books I cou...more
"Regret of the Past" is one of the mor...more
Lu Xun (1881-1936) was the first modern Chinese writer, and perhaps the greatest Chinese writer of the 20th century. Unlike Chinese writers before him, he rejected traditional, formal literary styles and used the modern Chinese dialect to write his stories. As a writer, he was also an insightful and sometimes scathing social critic. He sought to use literature to bring to light the problems in China, and bring social change.
Like many in the pre-War Chinese intelligentsia, Lu was a revolutionary,...more
The second theme is a consideration, often a critical one, of traditional customs and practices prevalent in, primarily rural, Chinese communities. "Village...more
I'm also not a fan of horror, and although his writing isn't really that genre, a few of his stories were fairly creepy. And I mean really creepy.