China's Avant-Garde Fiction an Anthology
- List Price: $99.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Duke Univ Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/1998
- ISBN: 9780822321002
- ISBN10: 0822321009
Jing Wang has selected provocative examples of this new school of writing, which gained prominence in the late 1980s. Contradicting many long-cherished beliefs about Chinese writers -- including the alleged tradition of writing as a political act against authoritarianism -- these stories make a dramatic break from conventions of modern Chinese literature by demonstrating an irreverence toward history and culture and by celebrating the artificiality of storytelling. Enriched by the work of a distinguished group of translators, this collection presents an aesthetic experience that may have outraged many revolutionary-minded readers in China, but one that also occupies an important place in the canon of Chinese literature. China' s Avant-Garde Fiction brings together a group of exceptional writers (including Raise the Red Lantern author Su Tong) to the attention of an English-speaking audience.
This book will be enjoyed by those interested in Chinese literature, culture, and society -- particularly readers of contemporary fiction.