Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused: Fiction from Today's China
Some stories I enjoyed immensely, while others I didn't particularly care for. Among my favorite stories were those that implicated China's superstitions, including "The Cure", in which a family waits underneath a bridge to fish out the gall bladder of a recently executed town official. Another enjoyable story was the ghost story, ...more
Pero esa no es la única historia que resalta en esta colección, también me gustaron mucho The Cure (Mo Yan), The Ancestor (Bi Feiyu), Fritter Hollow ...more
Would recommend it for anyone interested in modern Chinese literature as it's a good introduction to lots of great authors.
Due to the fact that it took me almost six months to finish this book, I've had much time to reflect on the short stories it contains. I read three quarters of it within one week, and the rest slowly over the ensuing months. At first I found many of the stories difficult to understand due to each author's (and translator's) narration style. One story, Green Mother Earth, I still don't understand what was ...more
In contrast to the utopian official literature of Communist China, the stories in this wide-ranging collection marshal wry humor, entangled sex, urban alienation, nasty village politics and frequent violence. Translated ably enough to keep up with the colloquial tone, most tales are told with straightforward familiarity, drawing readers into small communities and personal histories that are anything but heroic. "The Brothers Shu," by Su Tong (Raise the Red Lantern), is an...more
I give "Chairman Mao Would Not Be Amused: Fiction from Today's China" a 1 on a scale of 10. But, again, that probably says just as much about me as about the book.
Note: The explanatory note, "Fiction from Today's China," actually means the China of the early '90's.
I liked one or two of them, very human, very alive. But some I frankly just didn't get. Maybe because of cultural references, maybe just because the storytelling style was different. Don't regret picking it up, but can't recommend it either.