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
Some of the stories are in a more feudal setting, while others are quite clearly con ...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
Was able to check this out, and it was astounding. Stories were short, heavy with dialogue, and very little back-story. Just enough internal monologue to gauge the emotion-state of the character.
They include snippets, snapshots--like having lunch with an old friend after having ...more
In modern Chinese language, the term the "spirit of Ah Q" or "Ah Q mentality" is used commonly as a term of mockery to describe someone who chooses not to face up to re ...more
Economic division relates to monastery division within society . The difference between the rich, middle class, and the poor. for example in " my old home" the main character meets his childhood friend after 20 years. His friend started to call him " Master" because he become a rich person.
But this is one of the most important, influential authors in Chinese history today because Mao really liked him. Many of his stories strongly affect Chinese society, and even an abbreviated version of Kung Yichi was featured in a textbook of mine.
Kung Yichi in particular really moved me, but ...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.
A few of the stories had some rather fine points, but the selection as a whole is emotionally bleak, especially the stories considering the tragedies that the common folk of that particular time had to go through. I don't know, I guess I expected more from the so-called "Father of modern Chinese literature".
(from Wikipedia) ...more