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Author Zhu, Wen, 1967- author.

Title I love dollars and other stories of China / Zhu Wen ; translated from the Chinese by Julia Lovell
Published New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007


Description 1 online resource (xxii, 228 pages)
Series Weatherhead books on Asia
Weatherhead books on Asia.
Contents Translator's Preface -- A Note About the Translation -- Guide to Pronunciation of Transliterated Chinese -- I Love Dollars -- A Hospital Night -- A Boat Crossing -- Wheels -- Ah, Xiao Xie -- Pounds, Ounces, Meat
Summary "In five richly imaginative novellas and a short story, Zhu Wen depicts the violence, chaos, and dark comedy of China in the post-Mao era. A frank reflection of the seamier side of his nation's increasingly capitalist society, Zhu Wen's fiction offers an audaciously plainspoken account of the often hedonistic individualism that is feverishly taking root. Set against the mundane landscapes of contemporary China-a worn Yangtze River vessel, cheap diners, a failing factory, a for-profit hospital operating by dated socialist norms-Zhu Wen's stories zoom in on the often tragicomic minutiae of everyday life in this fast-changing country. With subjects ranging from provincial mafiosi to nightmarish families and oppressed factory workers, his claustrophobic narratives depict a spiritually bankrupt society, periodically rocked by spasms of uncontrolled violence. For example, I Love Dollars, a story about casual sex in a provincial city whose caustic portrayal of numb disillusionment and cynicism, caused an immediate sensation in the Chinese literary establishment when it was first published. The novella's loose, colloquial voice and sharp focus on the indignity and iniquity of a society trapped between communism and capitalism showcase Zhu Wen's exceptional ability to make literary sense of the bizarre, ideologically confused amalgam that is contemporary China."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Translated from the Chinese
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Subject Zhu, Wen, 1967- -- Translations into English
SUBJECT Zhu, Wen, 1967- fast
Subject FICTION -- Literary.
Genre/Form Translations
Form Electronic book
Author Lovell, Julia, 1975- translator.
ISBN 9780231510226
Other Titles Wo ai Mei yuan. English