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The New-Year Sacrifice and Other Stories

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Lu Xun is famous for his short stories, among other writings. This collection contains 13 of his stories, including: A Madman's Diary; Medicine; Storm in a Teacup; My Old Home; Village Opera; A Happy Family; The Misanthrope; Regret for the Past; and Forging the Swords.
Paperback, 403 pages
Published January 21st 2003 by Chinese University Press (first published December 31st 2002)
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Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this translator. None of the English seemed natural. The translation was intelligible, however it was a tad bit insipid.
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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I found this collection quite moving. Once again Xun’s stories were compelling and focus on this theme of changing times, of shifts of regimes and of the difficulties that arise out of trying to be both modern and traditional at once, or of trying to be modern when surrounded by traditionalist or vice versa. However, unlike his previous collection “A Call to Arms”, this collection seemed to be more personal. The stories almost always centered on a pseudo-scholar character and almost inevitably d ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
A typical Lu Xun work, "The New Year Sacrifice" denounces turn of the century Chinese society. This story speaks to the society's treatment of women as unimportant. Women weren't even allowed to have their own names. A woman was known by her husband's name. It was even used when speaking directly to a woman. As this story describes, it was considered "bad moral character" for a woman to not have a husband that her family or, in the case of a deceased husband, the deceased husband's family, to ch ...more
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Lu Xun (鲁迅) or Lu Hsün (Wade-Giles), was the pen name of Zhou Shuren (September 25, 1881 – October 19, 1936), a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, and poet. In the 1930s he became the titular head of the League of Left-Wing Writers in Shanghai.

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