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A Dictionary Of Maqiao

A Dictionary Of Maqiao

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by Han Shaogong   Julia Lovell(Translator)  
Language: English
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From the daring imagination of one of China's greatest living novelists comes a work of startling power and originality-the story of a young man "displaced" to a small village in rural China during the 1960s. Told in the format of a dictionary, with a series of vignettes disguised as entries, "A Dictionary of Maqiao" is a novel of bold invention-and a fascinating, comic, deeply moving journey through the dark heart of the Cultural Revolution.
Entries trace the wisdom and absurdities of Maqiao: the petty squabbles, family grudges, poverty, infidelities, fantasies, lunatics, bullies, superstitions, and especially the odd logic in their use of language-where the word for "beginning" is the same as the word for "end"; "little big brother" means older sister; to be "scientific" means to be lazy; and "streetsickness" is a disease afflicting villagers visiting urban areas. Filled with colorful characters-from a weeping ox to a man so poisonous that snakes die when they bite him-"A Dictionary of Maqiao" is both an important work of Chinese literature and a probing inquiry into the extraordinary power of language.

One of the most-talked about works of fiction to emerge from China in recent years, this novel about an urban youth "displaced" to a small village in rural China during the Cultural Revolution is a fictionalized portrait of the author's own experience as a young man.

 

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Book: A Dictionary Of Maqiao
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ISBN: 0385339356
ISBN-13: 9780385339353
Binding: Paperback
Publishing Date: 2005-09-27
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Language: English
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