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Qian Zhongshu was one of twentieth-century China's most ingenious literary stylists, one whose insights into the ironies and travesties of modern China remain stunningly fresh. Between the early years of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and the Communist takeover in 1949, Qian wrote a brilliant series of short stories, essays, and a comedic novel that continue to ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 15th 2010 by Columbia University Press (first published November 3rd 1994)
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Grace
Feb 25, 2012 Grace rated it liked it
The works of Mr. Qian can normally catch attention on the resemblance between characters from stories and influential intellectuals in real world. But to my perception, this is not the major merit of Mr. Qian's literature. His ironic tone could be a brief but severe reminder for intellectuals nowadays, which urges a serious reflection on our actual performance.
In this collection, The Cat, should win an endless applause.
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Shelves: o-my-precious
Qian was only 31 when he wrote The Marginalia of Life. For some reason knowing that gives me a mini panic attack.
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Qian Zhongshu (November 21, 1910 – December 19, 1998) was a Chinese literary scholar and writer, known for his wit and erudition.

He is best known for his satirical novel Fortress Besieged. His works of non-fiction are characterised by their large amount of quotations in both Chinese and Western languages (including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Latin). He also played an important
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